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About West Kentucky Chess and Our Staff

Owner, Tom Knight, has been promoting chess in Western Kentucky for over a decade. He started a chess club at Graves County High School in the fall of 2009. Over the next 6 years he made that high school club into a district-wide chess program that is self-sustaining with funding from a district chess booster club. 

In 2016 West Kentucky Chess provided the region with its first chess camp since the passing of Dr. Wayne Bell. Since the creation of West Kentucky Chess, Tom Knight has been able to provide the region with several chess tournament opportunities; both Open and scholastic. 

Currently, WKC works to get school teams involved in the regional chess season through multi-week chess instructional classes, coaches training (both on the job and formal classroom setting), and advising how to implement chess at home, school and the community.

Additional Staff

Jimmy Patterson

Josiah Hereford

William Little

Hanna Crisp

WKC Interns

Current K-12 players and college students that want Tournament Directing experience are encouraged to assist.

WKC Volunteers

Brenda Foster

Don Winters