Online Summer Chess Club starts May 21st 2021 until August 6th Friday from 5:30 to 7 PM EST (10 sessions total). The main goals of the online club are to provide a friendly space to play chess with friends and to improve your skills with practice, solving puzzles and attending the 15-20 minute presentations. The cost is $75 per player. For additional information or questions please contact

Chess Tournament Coming up at The Villages


No Residence or Age Restrictions; Open to All Players
5-ROUND SWISS SYSTEM; GAME/90 MIN, DELAY 5 SEC Affects Regular USCF Rating Only.
STARTS: Saturday 17 Feb 2018 ENDS: Sunday 18 Feb 2018 LOCATION: Laurel Manor Recreation Center,1985 Laurel Manor Drive, The Villages, FL PRIZES: (Based on 60 Entries): 1st place $300, 2nd place $150; U/1800: $100; U/1600: $75; U/1400: $50.

REGISTRATION: Limited to first 60 entries; registration confirmed upon receipt of paid entry fee. Online entries at; mail-in entries until 12-Feb-2018 to Herbert Menendez / 3133 Jemima Ave. / The Villages, FL 32163. Current USCF membership required. If not registered by 16-Feb-2018, call Herbert Menendez to confirm space availability. No computers. On-site registration 17-Feb-2018 from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM.

ENTRY FEE: $25 with online entry (preferred) or early mail-in entry; $30 cash only at the tournament site. ROUNDS: Saturday at 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM, and 6:00 PM; Sunday 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM Please bring chess sets, boards, and clocks. CONTACT

INFORMATION: Herbert Menendez, (352) 203-4935 EMAIL: Organizer: The Villages Chess Club Co-Sponsor: The Villages Recreation Administration

New Place to Play in Central Florida

The Villages Chess Club tournament Information

The Village Chess Club is offering a series of Quad once every month. The people is friendly and the playing area great. Recommended!

The University of Florida Men’s Volleyball Club Wins 2016-2016 Award as Most Improved Club

UF Men's Volleyball Club

The University of Florida Sports and Rec Center, recognized the effort and performance of the men’s volleyball club (Orange and Blue teams) during the 2016-2017 season, especially at the National Collegiate Club Volleyball Championships (NCVF) in Kansas City (MO). The strong leadership of Josh Crow and the wiliness to apply the fundamentals of chess tactics and strategy to a Division III team (Blue) translated in a team capable to operate as a single unit and beat stronger, taller and more skilled opponents at national level. The blue team mastered during the pre season a set of volleyball skills that when executed on the court , severely restricted opponent’s play. Importantly, when this skill set was applied to a game it helped the team to hang on, regardless of opponent’s strength. In chess term, my team successfully follows an adaptation to volleyball of the style of play of the best tournament chess player so far, Anatoly Karpov.

UF Sports Rec Award 2017 Most Improved Club 2016-2017

Left to Right, Miguel Ararat (Head Coach, Blue team), Josh Crow (Club President) and Adam Richman (Graduate Assistant for Competitive Sports)

Gainesville Chess Training Spring Swiss 2017 Results

On April first we run our traditional Spring Break tournament. The tournament is run with the purpose of providing Scholastic and adult chess players the opportunity to play against challenging opposition, in a family friendly location and schedule without the need of  traveling out town. We are glad  the parents help us to make the tournament a success.

Parents spring Swiss 2017

The tournament is not run for profit, but the nice trophies are given to the winners in each section. This year, one family provided lunch for all players,  staff and parents ( Thank you Nake and Devi)

Lunch Spring Swiss 2017

The  winner of the 1000 – 1300 USCF section was Andrew Ye with a perfect 4/4 score. This result is not a surprise, Andrew did really well at our last chess camp  and is coach by one of the local top coaches, George Pyne.

Winner 1000 to 1300 section

The U 500 USCF section was won by Justis Blankenfeld with a perfect 4/4 score! A very impressive result considered that Justis (as well as his brother Colton and sister Dakota are new to competitive chess)

Winner U500 section 3 Solo

Winner U500 section 2 with Dakota

In second place came Analaya Muneepeerakul (Lui), with 3/4 a strong performance for a 5 year old kid, that by the way won the Spring Camp 2017 section

Lui 3

Lui 2

Thanks again to all players parent and coaches that make tournaments like this possible and help to maintain Gainesville as a major National Chess Powerhouse.

Billy's Team USATS 2017

Gainesville Team tied for 2nd place (out of 13 teams) at the U-1300 section of the 2017 US Amateur team South with 3.0 points (winner had 3.5). Congratulations to Billy Kipersztok and his teammates for this performance. at Gainesville Chess Training we are happy to see Billy improve 1300 rating points  in fourteen months (without any previous tournament experience) and in just 9 rated tournaments!

Board 1  Byron Hu,

Board 2 Billy Kipersztok

Board 3 Lance Ferrer and

Board 4 Alexander Crook

James Wnek become our first student to go from 1150 USCF to 1785 in 3 years (Aug 2013 – Sep 2016). Three months after James left our program he broke the 1800 USCF mark. At Gainesville Chess Training we are happy to see James accomplished his first chess goal and continue to improve his chess skills.

Miguel Ararat MS.,MPharm  is the new Head Coach of the University of Florida Blue Team.


Miguel is looking forward to translate the fundamentals of chess strategy and tactics to College level volleyball and also to promote chess as a tool to improve decision making on the volleyball court.


2016 October Chess Challenge

Save the date: Future tournaments, 11/19 & 12/10/2016

Daytona Beach Florida

Saturday October 22, 2016

Best Western Hotel

2620 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114

5SS. USCF-rated. Must have USCF membership (may renew/join on-site). Prizes based on 20 full entries. Please bring clocks and sets. None provided.

Registration: 09:30am 10:00am

EF: $30

Time Control: G/45mins + 5sec delay. (G/45;d5)

Rounds: 10:30am, 1:00pm, 2:45pm, 4:30pm, 6:15pm (lunch 12:00pm 1:00pm; expected finish 7:45pm).

Prizes: 1st – $150, 2nd – $100, 3rd – $50, U1700: $60, U1400: $50,

Entry to: C.H.E.S.S. 821 Upland Dr., Port Orange, FL 32127

Contact: Steve Lampkin (386) 682-9527


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USAT 2016  U 2000 Champions

Mario Marshall, Miguel Ararat, William Bowman and Tek Ajao

UAST 2016

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