National Master Evan Rabin, CEO of Premier Chess

47th Episode with Dewain Barber, Dean of Scholastic Chess

May 18, 2020 National Master Evan Rabin, CEO of Premier Chess
National Master Evan Rabin, CEO of Premier Chess
47th Episode with Dewain Barber, Dean of Scholastic Chess
Show Notes
In 47th Episode, I had the sincere honor and pleasure of conversing with Dewain Barber, the "Dean of Scholastic Chess". Having played chess for over 50 years, Dean has been an integral part of the US Chess Scholastic scene, having donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships at national events and . He is the founder of American Chess Equipment, which he sold to our mutual friend and previous podcast guest Shelby Lohrman. He created “A Guide to Scholastic Chess” which provides information to school-based persons on how to start a chess club.He has been a member of the U.S. Chess Federation’s Life Member Assets committee, Scholastic Committee, and former member of the Scholastic Council. During this time he asked the US Chess Delegates to create the Scholastic Service Award to recognize persons for their “Many Contributions to Scholastic Chess”. In addition, he helped create the National Girls Tournament of Champions (NGTOC). He has been chairman of the GM Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions. For more information on his involvement with the Denker Tournament see “GM Arnold Denker: The Legacy”.In 2010 the US Chess Board of Delegates approved the “Dewain Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions”. In this lengthy episode, we discuss chess travel, ways to motivate scholastic players, the important of dealing with state affiliates, especially during the COVID-19 time, the effects of the nationals being canceled on US Chess and tenative plans for the Denker, Barber, Rockefeller and Senior Championships to be played online, his humor book series and much more.