Smart Places Colorado was founded by Tony Frank in 2011 to work with schools and other organizations to develop high-quality, objective driven chess programs and events for youth in grades K-12. Since 1996 Tony has worked with more than 40 schools and organizations in the Denver area to organize chess clubs and tournaments that have resulted in hundreds of young people developing strong chess skills and confidence to compete in an arena requiring critical thinking and discipline. Additionally, many of these chess events have been important fundraisers for local PTAs and other community organizations. Tony is U.S. Chess Federation Certified Tournament Director at the Club Level.
Tony is a 3rd generation Coloradoan that attended Aurora Public Schools; completed a B.A. from Vassar College in Political Science with an Urban Studies Concentration; and, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado’s School of Public Affairs. He was first inspired to learn and teach chess while in graduate school by a group of 2nd and 3rd graders at a central Denver recreation center that wanted to get ready for their first chess tournament.