Spring 2018 Chess Registration Open Through January 27!
We will begin our second session for chess on Friday, February 2, 2018. This session will focus on game strategy and sportsmanship. We will play 1-2 matches per week and each game will be recorded and counted toward a tournament score. At the end of the 10 weeks, tournament winners will be awarded.
Session 2 schedule is as follows: Fridays from 7:30-8:20am on Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and April 6, 13 – please note, there is no Chess Club on Good Friday 3/30.
Please also mark in your calendars March 6, after school until 4:45. We will continue our annual Chess Meet versing Aquinas Academy Chess Club.
Registration for the term is $10 per student and the form can be found here. Registration will close on January 27 so please don’t delay. As preparation for this session is required in advance we may not be able to take any students after this date. Thank you for your understanding.
Chess club offers students in Grades K - 8 the opportunity to learn how to play, develop current skills and advance their experience through matches against other students and supervision by parent volunteers.
The club is broken into 3 groups: Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. Levels may fluctuate depending on the student's ability to master skills and participate. Leaders who have been identified with strong chess capabilities will be available to all groups during the session providing skill-building strategies.
- Beginners - all students new to chess or in the early stages of learning the game. Leaders will consistently monitor games that the beginners play and provide lessons that will focus on terminology and offensive and defensive moves. Volunteers will assist, supervise and encourage the beginners to ensure they understand the game and learn basic tactics.
- Intermediate – all students who are comfortable playing chess games, understand the rules and are developing their skills. Leaders will work on strategy and improving their skills throughout the entire game. Volunteers will supervise play and encourage students to ask questions and challenge themselves every week.
- Advanced – all students who have the skill level and competence to compete in tournament play. Leaders will teach tournament strategies and skills. All games will be played according to tournament rules. Volunteers encourage the students to display tournament-style play.
Chess sessions will be held in the cafeteria. All students are to enter through the cafeteria. Doors open at 7:30. Chess begins at 7:30 and ends at 8:20. Please be prompt since our session time is only 50 minutes.
Enrollment takes place at the beginning of each session.
Breakfast can be purchased through the cafeteria or students may bring their own nut-free, breakfast items. You are welcome to bring a drink of your choice in a sealed container - no open liquids please.
In addition to our Friday meetings, we encourage the students to participate in chess tournaments. Tournaments are held in the Pittsburgh and surrounding area. Information on these tournaments will be distributed to the club.
Adult volunteers who would like to help at chess club are greatly appreciated, and necessary to continue offering this to the students at SKPS. VOLUNTEERS DO NOT NEED TO KNOW HOW TO PLAY THE GAME! We will assist all volunteers in learning the basics of chess and places to get more information. Please contact Laura Reese to let us know if you are available to help. Thank you in advance for helping to make Chess Club a great experience for the students!
Chess Club Contacts
If you need further information, please contact one of the following leaders: