History of the PEI YCA

    The Prince Edward Island Youth Chess Association (PEI YCA) is a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting scholastic chess (grades K to 12) throughout the province. We strongly believe in the benefits of chess for children in developing their problem solving skills and building character. Studies have shown that chess enhances a student’s math and analytical abilities as well as their literacy.

    The PEIYCA board of directors consists of dedicated parents, school teachers, and experienced chess organizers. Our activities include monthly tournaments in Charlottetown, three annual championships (team and individual), and various instructional events during each school year. Competitions in Summerside and Montague are also held sometimes.  Our Chess-Club-in-a-Box program supports and promotes school chess clubs throughout the province.

    The PEI YCA was founded in 1989 by Mike England of Summerside, with the main purpose of organizing the provincial competition for the Canadian Chess Challenge. The association is affiliated with the Chess'n Math Association, the national scholastic chess organization. Over the years, other prominent members of the PEI YCA have been Ron Casey (Summerside), Catherine Innis-Parker (Charlottetown), Jan Giles (DeSable), Jeff Coakley (Morell), Bill Pitre (Stratford), Tom Crowell (Charlottetown), and Aaron Rainnie (DeSable). In 1999, the association hosted the national finals of the Canadian Chess Challenge in Summerside.