Check out Candese Charles’ coverage of National Speed Chess Day right here in Richmond. West Coast Chess Alliance Speed Chess Tournament Celebrates National Speed Chess Day and “Chess in Richmond School Program” from Richmond Confidential on Vimeo.

RICHMOND — To most people, chess is black and white figurines on a checkered board. But T.C. Ball sees much more — a learning tool with the potential to change lives. “I’m trying to use the (tournament) as a catalyst,” said Ball, who works with the West Coast Chess Alliance to bring chess to Richmond

Chess pieces clicked and clacked at the Hilltop Mall on Saturday as players young and old came together for a speed-chess tournament to celebrate the 40th National Chess Day. “Chess players don’t care who they play,” said TC Ball, Director of the West Coast Chess Alliance (WCCA), a Richmond-based nonprofit whose work Ball describes as

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West Coast Chess Alliance is committed to making chess an important part of the Richmond, CA community. We are making chess a part of the cultural fiber of the City of Richmond, CA. We provide affordable, fun and high quality chess education through school and community based programs.