Tennis Anyone?

Michael Kruse, a PTR Certified Tennis Pro,  is conducting a Tennis Camp for kids age 7 to 12.

Where: PALS Ulmer Road Courts

When: June 20 through June 24th.

Cost: $69/athlete

Register at Buckwalter Recreation Center.

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Does Beaufort, SC have a new Bobby Fischer?

Riverview Charter School’s Chris Hoogenboom was the big winner at the inaugural Low Country Scholastic Chess Tournament held April 16th in Beaufort.

Chris, son of Chris and Cathy Hoogenboom, won the over 500 section besting 19 students. Chris is now rated 6,200 out of almost 35,000 Junior players in the country!

Chess coach, Michael Kruse said “Chris is on a fantastic, Bobby Fischer-like winning streak! He has won his last 19 US Chess tournament games and his USCF rating in now 1168 up from 939 in January. During this streak he also collected the year long Golden Isles Grand Prix Title, The final Golden Isles Elementary Championship, a title in Statesboro, GA and the SC State Elementary Championship where he topped 78 students!

Congratulation to Chris and his parents and good luck to him and his brother Casey at the Nationals.

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ChesSmart Players Rule at Low Country Scholastic

ChesSmart players won half of the trophies at the inaugural Low Country Scholastic Chess Tournament, held April 16th at Riverview Charter School in Beaufort, SC.

Christopher Hoogenboom won the over 500 section, besting 19 students from 3 states. Chris has a 19 game win streak in his last 4 tournaments.

Julian Jett from Richmond Hill, GA playing in his first USCF tourney, won 2nd place in the u-500 section.

Casey Hoogenboom, Chris’ brother, won the 3rd place trophy in the u-500 group. Not bad for a kindergarten boy.

Other ChesSmart u-500 finishers were Nathan Welch placing 7th, Noah Caplinger, finishing in 8th and Palmer Fisher getting the 9th spot.

William Davidson, Daniel Millett and Chappel Doctor also scored in the tournament.

ChesSmart coach, Michael Kruse said “I am proud of all my students, but it was tough watching them play each other. One of my chess moms told me when that happens I should just root for the youngest!

Great job to students and parents!

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Learn Chess from the man that played the world champion!

Michael J.Kruse is the founder,owner and operator of ChesSmart. Mr. Kruse had the honor of battling Garry Kasparov, the highest rated player in history in a 1998 15-game simultaneous exhibition in Phoenix, AZ. Kruse fought the champion for 32 moves, one of the best performances of the 15 participating players. Kruse has been a member of the US Chess Federation for decades, a tournament director, chess center owner and tireless promoter of a game he is “hopelessly in love with.” He has been the president of both the Savannah and Hilton Head Chess Clubs and secured the locations for both clubs. He has won over a hundred US Chess Federation matches and tournament prize money in three states.

ChesSmart is the interactive, innovative, award-winning scholastic chess curriculum that has introduced chess to thousands of area students. Our students have won dozens of local, regional and state tournaments. More importantly, students have show significant academic improvement, better behavior, critical thinking and creativity.  The curriculum teaches USCF rules, chess opening principals, mid-game tactics, end game theory and short algebraic chess notation. We also incorporate cultural studies, sportsmanship training, nutrition and the important role of chess in American History.

For over a decade, ChesSmart teachers have taught the world’s greatest critical thinking game at dozens of the finest educational venues. These include Georgia Southern University, Savannah Country Day, Savannah Christian, The JEA, The YMCA, Beaufort Academy, St Andrew’s, St. Peter’s, Riverview Charter School, Savannah Arts, Bryan County Community Education, Coosa Elementary, Chatham Academy, SW Middle, De Renne Middle, Hilton Head Prep and others.

Students say: “Mr. Kruse rocks.” “I learned a lot.” “Chess is fun.” “The teacher was nice, well-organized and taught very well.” “I hope you come back next year.” “Mr. Kruse is the best teacher.” “I beat Caroline in 4 moves right after he taught it to the class.”

Parents say: “My son made the honor roll for the first time, due to chess!”
“My sons used to fight in the car back seat. Now they play chess!”
“I’ve learned a lot about chess (from my son). Gabriel was thrilled (with) the chess tournament! God bless you and your work!”

School Administrators: “ChesSmart is new, exciting, rare and necessary!”  Tompkins Middle School After-Care Program Director

“…outstanding..” –St. Andrew’s Headmaster

“..a wonderful week…..great for our 7th grade boys.”–Savannah Christian  Headmaster–

“…I was very impressed with the quality of your camp and the enthusiasm our students expressed…”  Savannah Country Day Summer Program Director

Doesn’t your student deserve ChesSmart.  Please say “Yes to chess.”

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THIS is how ChesSmart makes a difference!

I just finished teaching a six hour ChesSmart class at Claxton Alternative School in Claxton, GA.  The top player on the team missed the first class because a fire caused his house to burn down!

He came to the next class and led his team to a second place finish at the GA Alternative Schools Chess Tournament!  The school social worker and chess coach e-mailed me the following:

“Your instruction  gave my students the tools they needed to play competitively and skillfully against the top alternative school chess teams in GA. After only two lessons their confidence, self esteem, love of chess, AND SCHOOL (his emphasis) has visibly increased.

One of his at-risk students told him “Mr. Wilkey, I was thinking about quitting school. Since I joined the chess club, I think I’ll stick around until I graduate.”

One of the finest compliments I have ever received!

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Riverview Chess Team Shines at State Finals

The Riverview Charter School Chess team, sporting brand new “RookRay” Tee Shirts, placed a very respectable fifth out of 26 teams at the State Finals held on March 5th in Columbia.

Christopher Hoogenboom was a big winner. He won the overall elementary section besting 77 students, representing schools from across the state. Chris was the only elementary player that was undefeated and untied, winning all five games.

Coach Kruse said, “Chris has consistently proven his strategic, tactical and opening theory skills.  His chess is aggressive, exciting, dynamic and solid with a style similar to former world champion Mikhail Tal.

William Davidson competed in his first USCF tournament and Daniel Millet played in his second.  Kindergartener, Casey Hoogenboom finished with three points out of five in 24th place. He had to play many older players even up to 5th grade.

Congratulations to the  RookRays and their parents!


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Summer Chess Camps

ChesSmart will be co-teaching at the Hilton Head Prep Chess Camp the week of June 6th through the 10th. Google: Hilton Head Prep for more information. Or contact Liz Nash at 912-671-2286.

ChesSmart will conduct a Summer Camp at the PALS Rec. Center on Ulmer Rd. in Bluffton the week of July 11th.  Tuition will be $79 or $99 which includes a US Chess Federation tournament chess set, roll-up board and tote.  Time is 10 to noon each day of instruction and over-the -board play.  We anticipate a big turnout, so sign up early.

ChesSmart also will hold a Youth College Chess Camp at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA June 1 & 2.  Morning classes are for beginners and afternoon classes are for intermediate players. Tuition is $49. For more information contact or Kelly Pye at 912-478-7977.

ChesSmart will conduct two summer camps at St. Andrew’s School in Savannah. Beginner camp is the week of June 27th and the Intermediate camp is the week of July 18th. For more information google St. Andrew’s School.

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