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Welcome to the SCCA Scholastic Chess wiki


South Carolina Chess Association (SCCA)

is the state affiliate of

US Chess Federation (USCF)

This site is a resource for schools, teachers, organizers, supporters and players to establish and grow chess for scholastics.  Reference- SC Schools With Chess & Resources For School and Chess Club Organizers


“Chess is recognized as the ultimate game and is not simply a game but a learning tool for the development of the mind, and just happens to be in the form of a game. How fortunate we all are to have an easy method of exercising and developing much deeper thought processes in our minds while also amusing the simpler side of our nature.” - www.chess-poster.com


                                     Young Bobby Fischer                                  Young Susan Polgar 



                                                   Young Josh Waitzkin               Young Maurice Ashley   



USCF Certified Chess Coach Program - go to SideBar at right - Coaches and Instructors in South Carolina


Educators Section

"Fortune favours the prepared mind"


To join the US Chess Federation



  Learn About Chess Tournaments


NEWS - player - club - tournament - NEWS

Coaches and Volunteers Section



Players Section


The elite Denker and Polgar Tournaments !



Student representatives are from the annual SC Scholastic Championship. Top finishing High School player will receive funding assistance towards the Denker Tournament.  Top finishing female participant (preferably from the High School section) will receive funding assistance towards the Polgar Tournament.


Congratulations to the 2011 representatives!


Daniel Caiello will travel to Orlando, Florida for the Denker Tournament of High School Champions.


Tori Whatley will return to Lubbock, Texas for the Susan Polgar Girls Invitational.


RESULTS: 2011 South Carolina Scholastic Championships


        Past Representatives 


          Denker                                               Polgar

          2010 - Michael Lauria                         2010 - Tori Whatley

          2009 - Daniel Dodds                           2009 - Kristen Snowdeal

          2008 - Michael Lauria                         2008 - Tori Whatley      




Scholastic Spotlight 2008 - Present





 For the uninitiated, how much do you really know about chess?

..or why chess is better than video games !!

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2010 Nationals

2010 PRESIDENT’S CUP (The Final Four of College Chess) - 4/9/10-4/11/10 - TX

Junior High – Apr. 9,10,11 - Minneapolis, MN

Senior High – Apr. 16,17,18 - Columbus, OH

Elementary (K-6) – May 7,8,9 - Atlanta, GA

K-12 Championship – Dec. 10,11,12 - Lake Buena Vista, FL 


2013 Nationals

SUPERNATIONALS V (date to be announced) Nashville, TN


THE COMPLETE USCF SCHOLASTIC SCHEDULE "THE NATIONALS" - http://main.uschess.org/content/view/7569/131/

USCF National Scholastic Chess Tournament Regulations


This site is also for planning, organizing, and coordinating state and local scholastic chess efforts and activates.


Join us identifing challenges to establishing and growing more scholastic chess in South Carolina. 

We need your ideas, your energy, and your experience to join ours. 

Join us defining goals for this year and beyond.


The history of chess in South Carolina is rich ( see http://www.scchess.org/history/history.htm ) and has been fortunate in the creation of the SCCA (South Carolina Chess Association) which was due in large part to the efforts of Mr. Elmer B. Hallman of Spartanburg.  A resolution adopted at the association's 1926 organizational meeting noted that Mr. Hallman "by the exercise of his energy, tact, enthusiasm and zeal, brought about such interest, in South Carolina, in the game of chess as to make a State Chess Association a possibility. . . ."


Please support the SCCA's scholastic chess with the same energy, tact, enthusiasm and zeal.  The actions of today shape the future of tomorrow.


THANK YOU for visiting and for knowing the value of chess !


If you are interested in being more involved in South Carolina scholastic chess, you've come to the right place.  Contact me anytime. 

David Whatley


South Carolina Chess Association Scholastic Coordinator

North Augusta, SC 29860

803-442-9060 (anytime)


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