|2017-2018 School Year||2002-2018|
The HVCSJ aims to provide students from kindergarten to 12th grade with an opportunity to learn chess, improve their skills, and compete in tournaments against other chess players.
For many years, the HVCSJ has provided its members with chess instruction, chess drills, and US Chess Federation-rated chess tournaments. The HVCSJ has also organized teams to participate in local and regional USCF chess tournaments. The chess instruction also included inviting top chess masters to offer lectures to our members.
The HVCSJ now offers its members even more opportunities. In addition to organizing club teams, the HVCSJ now organizes school teams that are eligible for team trophies at local and regional USCF rated tournaments. The HVCSJ encourages its high school members to earn community and school volunteer hours by offering instruction and mentorship to the club’s other members. The club operates an oversized chess set at community fairs and encourages the local community to learn more about chess.
In addition to all its current activities, the HVCSJ plans to organize chess matches against other clubs. The HVCSJ will also monitor the location of national tournaments and send its members to national tournaments whenever possible.
|1978||Joe Huttlemeyer founds the club at the Huntingdon Valley Library's former location|
|1979||Sam Vallerio becomes club's director|
|1990||Club begins running annual USCF-rated regional tournaments|
|1995||Sam Vallerio retires and John Keir becomes club's director|
|1996||Club begins meeting in the Huntingdon Valley Firehouse during relocation of the Huntingdon Valley Library|
|1997||Bruce Fenderson becomes club's director; the club begins meeting in the Huntingdon Valley Library's new location|
|1998||Robert Lakata becomes club's director|
|2002||The club becomes affiliated with the HVAA|
|2005||The club begins running the annual Philadelphia Metropolitan Scholastic Chess Championships at The Meadowbrook School|