Checkmate! Chess Express Kids wins Swim with the Sharks 2021


Jayvon Fairman-Davis’ Chess Express Children is the big winner of 2021 Swim with sharks competetion.

“In chess, after the first move, there are billions of possibilities,” Fairman-Davis said in his speech. “That’s the way life is – you take a step forward, and you can do anything after that.”

Fairman-Davis credits the failures and opportunities he gained as a competitive player as a teenager for taking him away from the streets of Wilmington where he grew up. In addition to founding Chess Express Kids, he is the co-host of Delaware’s first fully virtual chess tournament, The Wilmington Open.

“The problem is that many disadvantaged children lack programs and activities that cultivate essential life skills,” said Fairman-Davis. “Our solution is to bring the same impact I got from chess to other Delaware students with an engaging and affordable chess coaching platform.”

Jayvon Fairman-Davis, founder of Chess Express Kids. (Screenshot)

The pitch impressed the judges Chris L. Kenny, President and CEO of The KennyRites Delaware Family Store; Bruce rushton, the growth coach of northern Delaware; and Stephanie eldridge, co-founder of Code differently. They ultimately awarded Chess Express Kids the grand prize of $ 10,000 along with free resources and services, including memberships at New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, Nextfab and Delaware World Trade Center, as well as advertising and marketing tools and opportunities.

Chess Express Kids was one of four finalists, in addition to Sleeping Bird Coffee, Agora World and Pediatric Therapy Partners, LLC.

The Swim with Sharks People’s Prize of $ 1,500, which was voted on by the public between September 1 and October 15, went to the semi-finalists Enetor, co-founded by José A. Salazar and Luis Marin Enetor.

Swimming with sharks is a partnership between the Emerging business center and the New Castle County Economic Development Office initiative CNC innovates, Delaware Small Business Development Center, Delaware Small Business Division, New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, as well as community sponsors.

You can watch the full final competition here:



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