"Where did my interest in chess stem from? I’d say have to say my daughter, Sarah. She’s my first child and only child. I introduced her to chess when she was six. She started participating in tournaments at the age of seven. I wanted to introduce her to chess because there’s a lot of studies that show if a student gets involved and stays in chess, it’ll help improve their reading skills and math skills. That’s one thing that I really wanted for her. Reading wasn’t an issue, because she’s a bibliophile, like her dad and mom.
I remember when she walked in the library in Boone County and looked at me and said, ‘Daddy, I’m in heaven.”. The math was an issue. We weren’t strong in math. My friend told me to get her in chess and it’ll help her with the math and it did.
I saw what it did for Sarah and I wanted to introduce chess to other kids and that was it. In September 2010, I went into it, with the encouragement of Dr. Anthony Middleton, from Cable Baptist Church and I haven’t looked back since.
Our vision is to become the most successful urban chess program in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In order to accomplish that, we need the financial material resources. We have to get the students to tournaments, bring in other trainers, and keep solid training materials. Our biggest challenge, right now, is raising money to get to the nationals. Secondly, I would like like raise money to be able compensate our coaches for their time. Thirdly, it doesn’t hurt to have more clocks. We could use more clocks.
We’re looking to be the best and we’re going to maintain program. When I’m dead and buried, I want this program to continue to be the best.” - Corbin, Director of the West Louisville Chess Club in Russell