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  • Vermont Chess News: 04/23/06

    Sunday, April 23, 2006

    Vermont Chess Camp Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    Tiny, rural Vermont is best known for maple syrup and ice cream, but inside its idyllic borders live hundreds of avid young chess players.

    Many of the players simply expect to play chess at school. They are too young to know that twenty years ago, a quiet gentleman by the name of John Balch first seeded the love of chess in Vermont's schools. Retired from business, John took to the road, organizing chess programs in more than 60 of the state's schools. He became known as Vermont's "Johnny Appleseed of Chess."