Congratulations to the Cherry Hill Kings Chess Champs

By Cherry Hill Middle School Staff

(BALTIMORE – February 12, 2021) – The Scholars of The Historic Cherry Hill 159 strike yet again! This time it’s our newly formed Chess Team who competed in the Baltimore Kids Chess League’s Tournament for Novice Players on February 1, 2021 at Roland Park. Our team, the #CherryHillKings, took 1st Place and 8th-grade scholar Kevin Bethea won Tournament MVP, playing a PERFECT game.

Congrats to Kevin and our #CherryHillKings for their big win! Huge shot out to Ms. Jones, Mr. Lawrence, and Ms. Austin for coaching our team to victory!
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What is the Baltimore Kid’s Chess League?

Baltimore Kids Chess League, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that exists to promote scholastic chess educational opportunities in Baltimore City that foster skills necessary for overall academic achievement.


Baltimore City Chess Project is an after-school chess program formed in 2003 we formed in partnership with the Abell Foundation and Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS). The core of the Project is the development of after-school chess clubs throughout Baltimore City Public Schools. In three years, the Project has grown rapidly to now include 1034 students from 60 Baltimore City public schools. In 2007-08, the Project expanded to include chess club development in 10 Middle Schools.

BKCL Chess Tournaments are held periodically throughout the academic year to give kids the experience of playing in a competitive, yet friendly environment and test out their newly developed chess skills. To encourage broad based participation, most tournaments are held on Saturday mornings and admission is typically free for BCPSS students. In 2006-07, 450 students participated in our tournaments, making it necessary for us to find a larger space to accommodate chess players and their supporters. Although our tournaments have been aimed at novice chess players, the demand for tournaments for advanced players has steadily grown. This next academic year we will host a few smaller tournaments for the advanced player.