How to start an Elementary School Chess Club
Start an Elementary School Chess Club
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My son (3rd grade) loves to play chess and has been playing with his Dad for several years. One day I said "Do you think we should have a chess club at your school?" His answer was an enthusiastic YES.
I had no clue what I was doing, but muddled my way through to start a chess club at his elementary school. (I'm not even a good chess player!) I was pleased and surprised at the enthusiastic response the chess club received.
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Good Kid's Chess Resources on the Internet
These are sites that I found useful when planning how to run the chess club and how to teach chess to beginners. There are also several organizations that (for a fee)come to your school and run a chess "learning" club.
- AAA Chess Club
We are a non-profit educational organization, highly instrumental in training and mastery of Chess game to the youth. Our goal is to promote the Chess among our youngsters and teenagers. The idea is not only to develop the skills and power of thinkin
- SchoolChess.com's Think Like a King School Chess Software System
The Think Like A King School Chess Software System has what you need for your chess club: Chess Club Manager� and the Chess Workouts� books-on-disk. Used in hundreds of schools worldwide!
- Media Division's flashChess
The only chess game ever created in flash - a great resource for those who want to learn to play chess.
- Academic Chess 2006
Academic Chess is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to bringing chess and all of its scholastic and intellectual benfits to children.
- Dean of Chess - Learn how to play chess with chess lessons and videos teaching chess strategy from D
Learn about chess and the benefits of chess for children as well as buy unique chess products ranging from chess bags to keychains to chess sets. International Master of Chess, Dean Ippolito, has been playing chess for over 20 years and has won numer
A place for chess on the net. Articles, games, etc. Looks like fun...
Links to Chess Rules
Starting the Sandy Hook School Chess Club
What I learned....
We started by asking the school if we could use a classroom after school hours so that the kids could just stay after school to play and have a parent pick them up.
We opened the club to 3rd and 4th graders. There was a very enthuiastic response and several 1st and 2nd graders asked to join. Next year we'll open it up to all grades!
We asked the PTA to buy the chess boards (and also asked families to donate some if they could.) We negotiated a good price with a local toy store.
Basically, I gave the kids "play sheets" with the names of the other students in the club and let them choose their own partners--marking off for each game whether it was a win/lose/draw.
Most of the children knew how to play, but I had some handouts of how the pieces move to give anyone who needed it.
The more experienced players taught the less experienced players some tips and tricks about the game.
Our goals were to:
Have Fun playing chess
Learn to play a better game of chess
Practice good sportsmanship
Chess Stuff for Young Children and Beginning Players
We consulted this book several times during chess club for rules about how and when you can Castle and for a really good starting game one of our players used to great advantage. We dubbed it "checkmate in 4 moves."