About Us

Nonprofit Organization
The World Chess Academy (WCA) is a certified 501 (c) (3) public charity, tax-exempt, and nonprofit organization. We rely solely on donations and grants to pay for classroom rentals, chess supplies, business expenses, teachers, and to keep this Web site up and running. The purpose of the Academy is to teach chess at all levels in a tournament-type environment. We use instructional chess videos (DVDs) from Grandmasters such as Roman Dzindzichashvili, and other training materials from GM Gabriel Schwartzman, GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Patrick Wolff, IM Josh Waitskin, and Life-Master A.J. Goldsby. We also have a library of chess books that members check out weekly.

Vision Statement
The World Chess Academy desires to freely teach chess to all ages, races and genders throughout the world without discriminating against financial or social status.

Mission Statement
To expand the minds of eveyone playing and learning chess through analytical thinking and problem solving skills.

During the summer of 2004, Boris Tomic and Dan Thomasson met each other in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina for the first time at the city center square where chess enthusiasts were playing chess outdoors. Boris is a land design architect for the city of Charlotte, and Dan was working for Bank of America as a Vice President in the Information Technology field. They talked about setting up an academy that would allow everyone to learn and play chess regardless of their gender, age, race, and social or financial status.

Boris, originally from Yugoslavia, personally knew some International Chess Masters who graduated from the Yugoslavian Chess Academy that he would like to invite to the US to give simul-chess tournaments and some chess instruction. In order for the Yugoslavian government to allow these Masters to come to the US, an official organization needed to be formed. Therefore, Dan Thomasson developed the World Chess Academy that became an official corporation on August 6, 2004.

Future Goals
The future goals of the WCA are many. We would like to expand our membership worldwide, provide chess instruction both locally and internationally, and become the central hub for all other chess academies in the world. We will be supporting scholastic chess clubs, and helping to set up chess activities not already in schools and cities throughout the world. Publishing a WCA magazine, televising instructional chess programs, and organizing major tournaments are additional WCA future goals.

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www.WorldChessAcademy.com/about.htm last modified on 08/17/2009