The atmosphere at the seminar far exceeded the expectations of either the OCPS Minority Achievement Office or the Orlando Chess Club. Beth Gillam, head of the Chess Initiative inside the Minority Achievement Office said this was the most well attended event they have ever hosted. While the club’s president Terrance Washington said the enthusiasm that the instructors showed was inspiring. He elaborated saying, “They wanted to learn so much, we didn’t have time for our planned breakout sessions.” The Orlando Chess Club is already in talks to host a second training seminar with a focus on intermediate level tactics and strategy with OCPS in the coming months.
On October 4th Orlando Chess Club president Terrance Washington and board member Sammy Wohl teamed up with the Orange County Public Schools’ (OCPS) Minority Achievement Office’s Chess Initiative to host chess instructors from around the Orange County school system. The duo conducted a training seminar alongside 15 chess instructors that covered basic tactics and strategy, basic checkmates, and tips on how to pass this knowledge to their students. Both the Orlando Chess Club and Minority Achievement Office declared the event a resounding success.