Contact: Peter Giannatos For Immediate Release
Charlotte Chess Center combines forces with Young Master Chess
Joint venture creates one of largest scholastic organizations in the country
Charlotte, NC, June 1, 2019 – The two largest chess teaching outfits in Charlotte have combined to create a joint organization. Charlotte Chess Center, founded in 2014, and Young Master Chess, founded in 2004, are now one. The Charlotte Chess Center name will be kept for the joint company.
The combining of the two scholastic organizations means more than 40 schools will now have chess education in the Charlotte area. Several thousand kids will also have more tournament opportunities, a freestanding chess center to attend, and even more quality instruction and instructors. The Charlotte Chess Center grows to more than a half-dozen masters amongst its teaching corps, with a combined experience of more than 100 years of instruction to children of all levels.
“We're thrilled to be working with all of the longstanding programs under the Young Master Chess umbrella,” Charlotte Chess Center owner Peter Giannatos said. “One thing that has made Charlotte Chess Center and Young Master Chess programs unique is the value they both put into ensuring a quality chess education for students. Both organizations have focused on teaching the life skills and educational benefits of chess, not just the game itself."
“What the Charlotte Chess Center has done in only a few short years is remarkable,” Young Master Chess owner Mike Klein said. “They've put Charlotte on the map nationally by hosting well-run and professional events, as well as offering great school chess clubs. We're excited that kids can now play chess every day of the week at the center. Peter has tremendous energy and a unique vision in the chess world.” Klein will still be involved in the new organization.
"I would like to ensure the parents and students of both our current programs and our newly-added programs that all will receive top-flight attention and coaching. Our goal is for all of our programs to meet the same standards: low student-teacher ratios, well-trained coaches, and student support at local, state and national tournaments. We look forward to this new beginning and further enhancing chess in the Charlotte area.”
Charlotte Chess Center is a scholastic teaching organization that also serves the adult chess community of Charlotte with a chess center at 10700 Kettering Dr, Suite E, Charlotte, NC 28226. The center runs in-school classes and after school chess clubs at more than 40 area schools, hosts nightly events, many weekend tournaments, including national events and elite summer camps. The center helped make Charlotte the current “Chess City of the Year” as announced by the US Chess Federation in 2018.