Chess Champ Supports Kids

Andrew Scherman (JD 83) was 11 years old when he set the world record for the youngest player to participate in the World Chess Olympiad. In 2003 he won the title of National “Game-in-10” Chess Champion, which required him to checkmate competitors within the 10 minutes on the game clock.

Today he holds the title of Life Master given by the U.S. Chess Federation, but it is his title of chess coach for a group of adolescents at a St. Petersburg school that provides his greatest sense of accomplishment. His students are rated among the top chess players in the country.

As president of the St. Petersburg Chess Club, Scherman believes chess should be a part of every school system.

“Chess is the only activity, that we’ve been able to discover, that improves standardized test scores by as much as 20 percent. That 20 percent can make the difference between attending college and getting a scholarship to attend college,” said Scherman. A lifelong chess player, Scherman scored in the top 1 percent in the nation on his LSAT.