GM Arnold Denker (February 20, 1914 – January 2, 2005) was an American chess player, Grandmaster, and a chess writer, but he will forever be remembered for his passion for promoting chess for students. He was an important chess organiser, serving on the Board of the American Chess Foundation, the United States Chess Federation, and the U.S. Chess Trust, the driving force behind the prestigious Denker Tournament of High School Champions.
“The Denker”, as it’s become known, is an annual event held in conjunction with the U.S. Open, in which the 51 champions of each state and the District of Columbia compete to determine who will be crowned the Denker Champion and receive a prestigious prize package including a 4 year Academic Distinction Scholarship from the University of Texas, Dallas. The scholarship is valued at $68,000 for an out-of-state student. UTD has been a leader in the promotion of Scholastic Chess for many years.