Whether you are a grandmaster or just figuring out how to move the knight (that horse!) in those square jumps, if you play chess, you have a story all your own. As you know, the ancient game of chess teaches us many life skills, including the value of planning, problem solving, and how to lose with dignity and checkmate with grace. The One Move Ahead Chess Scholarship offers you a chance to share what you have learned playing the game that Anatoly Karpov says is “everything: art, science, and sport.”
Who is eligible to apply for the One Move Ahead Chess Scholarship?
This scholarship is open to chess-players of all educational levels.
How do you apply for this scholarship?
This is an essay scholarship. Applicants should write a 500 to 1,000 word response to the following prompt:
“I am convinced, the way one plays chess always reflects the player’s personality. If something defines [their] character, then it will also define [their] way of playing.” – Vladimir Kramnik
Write an essay that answers the following questions:
- What is your history as a chess player? How did you begin playing?
- What have you learned from chess that you apply elsewhere in your life?
- What are your life/career goals, and how have they been influenced by your experience playing chess?
Remember, this essay should be reflective of your very best writing. Make sure that you hook the reader with an engaging topic sentence (a personal anecdote works well here). Be mindful of responding to the prompt provided, and remember, the prompt can be thought of as a question(s) to answer. Finally, showcase your fine writing by proofreading until your essay is error-free. This final step shows that you care!
How much is the One Move Ahead Chess Scholarship worth?
One lucky winner will receive an award of $1,000.
When is the application deadline for the One Move Ahead Chess Scholarship?
The deadline to apply is March 23, 2020. The winner will be announced on April 23, 2020.
Best of luck to all who apply!