The new school year has begun and soon a Scholastic Chess Club at your school will start too!
Chessmates has a variety of scholastic chess clubs designed to fit well into every kids ability and interest level.
Our scholastic Chess Clubs are run before or after school depending on which school your player attends. Each club has a 12 week semester in the Fall and the Spring.
The first semester runs from Early September through early December and the Spring semester runs from middle of January through middle of April.
Within each 12 week semester, Chessmates has developed lesson plans to help a player learn different strategies starting at the rules of chess all the way up to tactics, opening preparation and endgame theory.
We’re proud of these scholastic chess clubs as they have a great team feel. In many of our schools we’ve been able to increase interest and enrollment and offer both beginner and advanced groups. And some of our scholastic clubs are the best in state! We perennially win state with our elementary, middle school and high school teams.
If your school doesn’t have a Chessmates chess club we can help you start one.
First, ask or express your interest to your school principal, Enrichment coordinator or PTA, then contact us. We’ll get in touch and with them and discuss a potential club. Every year, we add to our club list and we’d love for your school to join the ranks!
In the meantime we have the following options.
Future GM Club Tuesdays 5:15-6:15pm
This is a great group focusing on kids who are doing well in their school clubs and really want to improve quickly. We take kids that already know the basics of chess and put them on the fast track to being a great player. Kids in this group graduate to our advanced club. This club is taught by Candidate master Brad Lundstrom and all kinds of chess strategies are taught. We try to keep the group to a max of 15 kids to ensure everyone gets some attention and 1 on 1 work. This is also a great option if you don’t have a Chessmates club in your school.
Advanced club Mondays and Thursday 5pm-6:30pm
This is our most advanced group. You have to be 800+ to enter this group and many students are much higher rated. The competition is strong and the lessons are geared towards more competitive players that want to win tournaments and win the state championship
If none of these options fit you private lessons could also be a good choice. 1 on 1 lessons are optimal for improving and while they cost a little bit more Chessmates instructors charge a wide variety and lessons start at only $30 an hour.