Dewain Barber is the founder of the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions which began in 2010. He has continued to support and assist in the development of this event by inviting the best players in Grades 8 and below. He provides the prize fund for 1st and 2nd Place, Best Game, Upset Prizes, and financial support for the National State Team Championship.
He is a retired history teacher and former owner of American Chess Equipment. He is currently a chess coach and chess organizer.
Created in 1967, the Trust was organized to promote, stimulate and encourage the study and play of the game of chess as a means of intellectual development. The Trust uses its resources for charitable purposes, including social, educational, scientific, historical endeavors. The Trustees act without compensation, and are dedicated to the U.S. Chess Trust’s mission.
The U.S. Chess Trust’s focus is an outgrowth of similar activities formerly carried out by the U.S. Chess Federation . They promote and support chess in the community through their programs, and by providing resources that help support their mission.
In addition, we also actively support charities conducted by the USCF and other chess organizations.
US Chess promotes the study and knowledge of the game of chess, for its own sake as an art and enjoyment, but also as a means for the improvement of society. It informs, educates, and fosters the development of players (professional and amateur) and potential players. It encourages the development of a network of institutions devoted to enhancing the growth of chess, from local clubs to state and regional associations, and it promotes chess in American schools.
To these ends, US Chess offers a monthly magazine, Chess Life, as well as targeted publications to its members and others. It supervises the organization of the U.S. Chess Championship, an open tournament that is held every summer, National Scholastic Championships and other national events. It offers a wide range of books and services to its members.
US Chess serves as the governing body for chess in the United States. In addition, it participates in international chess organizations and projects. It is structured to ensure effective democratic procedures in accordance with its bylaws and the laws of the state of Illinois.
INTERNET CHESS CLUB-“Serious Chess, Serious Fun”/”Where the Grandmasters Play” and we are pleased to have their sponsorship. Stop by and check out their site. Each of our participants will receive a two year free membership and if a current participant is already a member then they will receive an extension of two years on their current membership. This two year membership will become available upon completion of the six rounds of this year’s Dewain Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions.
George Dwight Barber, Jr. is a retired educator who has always been active in the enhancement of children’s intelligence and aptitude. Possessing a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education, he has supported the furtherance of a child’s own insights into their goals for themselves and their future. He believes that young minds should be enhanced beyond what is taught in the school. While teaching, he founded a Game Club, with chess as one of its major components. Chess fits this educational model.
After retiring, Dwight worked in a special field in Optometry. He also helped his own daughter recover from a Traumatic Brain Injury suffered when her car was hit by a drunk driver.
He believes that the new Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions is long overdue; for the young who will replace us all and be the future leaders of this great diverse country. If chess is the cornerstone of their lives, then they truly have a solid foundation from which to build on. He has said, “Chess is a game of life skills which enhances learning for yourself and others.”
Steve Shutt Chess Camp Scholarship
There will be a $500 Steve Shutt Chess Camp Scholarship to be awarded to the highest finisher under the age of 13 (as of the first day of the tournament). If there are fewer than two eligible participants, the award will go to the top finisher under the age of 14 as there must be at least two eligible players. If there are ties, the winner will be decided by tie-breaks as the award will not be split.
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition, to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.
Another important aspect of their mission is to develop in-school and after-school scholastic chess programs. Chess teaches valuable lessons for developing students like problem solving, critical thinking, spatial awareness and goal setting. Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center is committed to supporting those chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new programs within regular school curricula.