Bright Minds Chess Academy

Registration Due for Bright Minds Chess Club

Students in 8, 9, and 10th grades are invited to learn how to play chess with the Bright Minds Chess Club!

2021 Schedule


Deadline: Thursday, August 12, 2021
To register, please download the registration form [DOCX] and drop off the completed form at your property management office.

Free lunch and snacks will be provided at ALL chess classes and the tournament.

Chess Training Classes

Dates: August 16–19 & August 23–26
Time: 11 AM–3 PM
Location: Black History Museum & Cultural Center, 122 W. Leigh Street

Chess Tournament

Date: Friday, August 27
Time: 8 AM–5 PM (Must arrive by 8 AM)
Location: Black History Museum & Cultural Center, 122 W. Leigh Street

Awards & Recognition Program

Date: Saturday, September 4
12 PM (Noon)
Location: Black History Museum & Cultural Center, 122 W. Leigh Street

  • 1st Place Winner – Monetary award, 1st place trophy, tournament-style chess set, clock, badge
  • 2nd Place Winner – Monetary award; 2nd place trophy, tournament-style chess set, badge
  • 3rd Place Winner – Monetary award; 3rd place trophy, badge
  • ALL players will receive Bright Minds Chess Club Certificates of Achievement

About the Club

Bright Minds Chess Club is a program created by Bernice Travers and Fleming Samuels as a component of the Bernice E. Travers Foundation’s “Strengthening Black Families” Initiatives. The Bright Minds Program offers activities to inspire at-risk youth to develop abilities that can be transferred into positive life skills. This session is offered to students in 8, 9, and 10th grades.

How a child will benefit from the Bright Minds Chess Club:

  • Chess improves concentration and speed of calculation.
  • Chess increases brain power.
  • Child will learn how to process information in a timely manner.
  • Chess develops critical and logical thinking skills.
  • Chess develops strategic planning skills.
  • Chess improves decision making skills.
  • Enables a child to analyze actions and consequences.
  • Enables a child to engage in higher-order thinking.
  • Chess improves cognitive development.
  • Chess develops self-control and discipline.
  • Chess develops visual memory and improves focus.
  • Chess develops creativity and self-esteem.
  • Students will develop good sportsmanship when they win or lose.
  • Child will learn how to work cooperatively.

Chess Instructors:

Fleming E. Samuels, Ed.S. – Tournament Director, Retired RPS Administrator
Theodore Andrews, Ph.D. – Chess Instructor, Professor, Hampton University
Bernice E. Travers, M.A. – H.L.D. Executive Director


Aug 12 2021


8:30 am - 5:00 pm




Bright Minds Chess Club