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Pandemic In Review, Road Forward

06/22/2021 by Peter Giannatos


Synopsis of Events Since March 2020


Free Weekly Online Tournaments


Free Live Weekly Lectures/Streams

  • Over 12,000 followers on our Twitch channel and 1000+ on YouTube

  • Official Twitch Partner

  • Naroditsky vs the World matches drawing international attention (and over $20,000 in prizes)

  • GM's Mamedyarov, So, Duda, Gujrathi, Artemiev, Xiong, Svidler, and Fedoseev were among Naroditsky's opponents.


Friendly Matches Between CCCSA and Other Prominent Chess Clubs in the US

  • Team Matches Against: Saint Louis Chess Club, Mechanics Chess Institute, Memphis Chess Club, Marshall Chess Club and Pittsburgh Chess Club.

  • The CCCSA won all matches!

  • Featured CCCSA members/players of all ratings levels


Students in Our School Programs

  • The CCCSA has serviced our students in school programs with live and interactive lessons online. In addition to the live lessons, Coach Chris Callahan made over 35 supplemental videos for our students.

  • In an effort to reach more students in need during the pandemic, the CCCSA offered these videos to all students in our member schools.

  • Sample video below:


Quality Training Camps for Juniors


  • Top Instructor Names Include: GM Veselin Topalov, GM Judit Polgar, GM Peter Svidler, GM Michael Adams, GM Hou Yifan GM Jacob Aagaard, GM RB Ramesh, GM Sam Shankland, GM Ruslan Ponomariov, GM David Howell and many more!

  • Students all over the US participated in these camps


Online Academy Classes

  • The CCCSA moved all of its Academy Classes online.

  • Students received lessons via Zoom and the new interactive Chessable Classroom.

  • Coaches Alex Velasquez, David Cogswell, NM Dominique Myers, FM Peter Giannatos and GM Daniel Naroditsky led the classes.


Online US Chess Rated Events

  • 70+ US Chess online rated tournaments

  • Both cash and trophy prizes

  • Adult (open) and K-12 events

OTB US Chess and FIDE Rated Events


Creation of the North American Corporate Chess League (NACCL)

  • Created an online chess league for companies in North America

  • Features weekly rated play, lessons, and guest lectures

  • Helping companies engage their employees through chess

  • 2 seasons with 40+ companies and 400+ players.

  • "Chess and Business" Seminars which featured guest lectures by GM's Matthew Sadler, David Smerdon, Patrick Wolff, Pascal Charbonneau, Mauricio Flores Rios, and Giorgi Margvelashvili.