Chess Club Overview
One School of the Arts provides an after school scholastic chess program in a fun and an instructional environment. We combine engaging classroom lessons with time to play chess with peers. All of our chess classes are taught by qualified, background screened chess coaches and volunteers. We provide an exclusive waiting area for parents in our Storytime Cafe with restroom, WiFi access and comfortable seating. Our afterschool program is open to One School scholars and community players who attend other schools, grades K-12th .
Players in this level will learn all the piece names and how to set up the board correctly. Most players in this class are in grades K - 2nd, however, it is open to all ages. Players will be successful if they are able to listen and follow directions and appear to have no behavior concerns that would be deemed disruptive. Parents of K-1 players must email to set up a free consultation prior to registering.
Beginner II (Bridge Class)
Players in this level will review basic terms and how to visualize them on the board, including as check and checkmate. They will begin defensive play and be introduced to chess etiquette. Players will be successful if they are able to listen and follow directions and appear to have no behavior or attention concerns that would be deemed disruptive during instruction. Parents of K-1 players must email to set up a free consultation prior to registering.
What Class is the Right Fit:
Beginner I: Players in this level are true beginners, meaning they are brand new to the game of chess. They need to learn the piece names and how to set up the board correctly.
Beginner II: Players in this level are familiar with chess and at least know some of the basic rules of the game. They know all the piece names, can set up the board correctly, and can move the pieces with little to no assistance.
Intermediate I players satisfy Beginner 2 requirements, and begin learning strategy with an introduction to opening moves, common checkmates, introduction to tactics. Players are eager to learn more, and spend time on their free chesskid.com accounts 2-3 times per week. They will seek to play other more challenging players within club and/or compete at local tournaments.
Intermediate 2 players satisfy Intermediate I requirements, and are ready to advance, though not quite ready for the advanced level. They are focused, strategic thinkers and players who regularly play chess online and regularly use their free chesskid.com account, often making it onto the weekly leaderboard for tactics and skill improvement. They are also in charge of their grades at school, and have a commitment to being a good student in academics and in character. They will usually have chess rating through USCF and seek out regular opportunities to compete at the local, state, and national champion levels. They have a working knowledge of chess notation and clock usage. They remain teachable even with budding confidence.
What Class is the Right Fit:
Intermediate I: Players can play a real game of chess and are confident how the pieces move on the board. They understand the objective of the game and do not need any assistance with set up or basic terminology.
Intermediate II: Players are actively increasing their knowledge and often compete in tournaments. They practice chess, and are developing stronger tactical and positional skills.**
Advanced players satisfy Intermediate 2 requirements, and are highly disciplined chess players regardless of age and rating. They are actively seeking to increase their rating and are essentially taking ownership of their chess knowledge through regular attendance, tactical study, tournament play, and review of positional play.
The competitive team is comprised of Intermediate and Advanced level players who are interested in playing at local competitions. These players must be approved by a coach, and will play to represent our school club at state competion, and their individual schools at Nationals. Players who sign up on the competitive team play together as one and support each other one, building a better and more tight knit chess community.