Central Florida's Best Instructional Chess Program
The OSOTA Chess program is comprised of the following offerings:
grade level enrichment classes during the school day at One School of the Arts
a middle and high club which allows scholars to play chess on campus during lunch.
an after school club which provides instruction for three different skill levels
a competitive team which competes at local, state, and national chess championships.
OSOTA Chess in partnership with Orlando Chess Academy is a fluid opportunity for chess players across Central Florida to grow in chess. We are open to the community and accept kids from other schools. We strive to help shape a unique chess identity and to provide turning point resources and progressive opportunities as our players' abilities change & skill levels improve.
Grades K- 12 | 4 Levels of Chess Instruction | Two Tracks: Competitive and Recreational |
The Right Fit
One of the great things about our program is that we strive to innovate and meet the many, changing needs of our chess players. In order to remain fluid and keep our programs dynamic, we focus on:
Chess Basics . . .
Beginner Chess provides basic instruction such as names and piece movement and is sutitable for all ages. This will be a mixed class of kids in Kindergarten - 6th grade, but this is normal for beginning chess instruction. Students will learn the basic rules of the game and play chess against their peers to develop their familiarity with the game.
- piece names
- piece development
- opening moves
- beginning check + checkmate // how to win the game
** Please note that registration for Kindergarten age players require a consultation. We must see how your player handles a club day. Parents are encouraged to schedule a shadow day, free of charge prior to registering. Please contact email@example.com for details.
Level Up Chess I & II . . .
LEVEL UP CHESS - for kids who really want to take their chess game to the next level. They are typically at the intermediate level. There will be instruction and lesson-based play in this level. It's perfect for players who are wanting structured challenges, feedback from a coach, and just overall better game play. This is suitable for Intermediate - Advanced, and students will be monitored for possible promotion.Intermediate players are already comfortable with the rules of the game and have a desire to further develop their chess skills. Students will focus on learning and applying tactical patterns and basic opening principles to their games. They will also play chess with their peers in a structured environment (aside from learning, playing time is a crucial aspect of improvement in chess).
Intermediate players are introduced to
- further their skill in opening moves.
- They explore more challenging tactics
- gain more confidence on the board.
ADVANCED + Competitive Chess . . .
ADVANCED CHESS - These players are wanting to play others who compete regularly or want to learn how to compete at the local, state, and national level. Players in this level usually have an official USCF rating and are practicing and working on their game through study, competition, and daily tactics. After the first few weeks, we assess who is ready for the second level of Competitive Chess. Our chess coaches really challenge and speak the language of chess players in order to elevate their game. This is suitable for Mid - High Intermediate - Advanced, and students who want to compete in tournaments.
Focuses of this group include
- building opening repertoires,
- improving tactical vision
- learning must-know endgames.
OSOTA Lunch Club . . .
MS/HS LUNCH CLUB is only open to students who attend One School of the Arts and are in grades 8th - 12th. They meet during lunch hours and connect with each other for great games and chess fun. This is great for older scholars who just want more playing time.
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Camp Registration Opens Soon!
Camp Details . . .
- Camp Dates: Monday, June 24th - Friday, June 28th
- Camp Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm
- Early Drop Off: 8am
- Late Pick Up: 4pm
Rates . . .
- Option 1 (9:00am-2:00pm, 25 hours total) = $225 + $25 registration fee
- Option 2 (8:00am-2:00pm, 30 hours total) = $270 + $25 registration fee
- Option 3 (9:00am-4:00pm, 35 hours total) = $315 + $25 registration fee
- Option 4 (8:00am-4:00pm, 40 hours total) = $360 + $25 registration fee
Camp Description . . .
Campus Location: One School of the Arts ( Grace Center )
- Grades: K- 12th
- All Skill Levels Welcome
- Discounts: $50 off sibling | Staff Discount
OSOTA CHESS Summer Camps are an incredible time for friendships and chess discovery. Kids play chess, and learn more about the game through interactive experiences, trivia, challenges, and fun tournaments. The camp is framed by age groups so younger kids will be with younger kids, and older kids will be with older kids. While some instruction is involved, chess players spend the week learning through play. All coaches have the experience and knowledge to support any level from true beginner up through advanced.
Rates and Scheduled Days . . .
50% off Sibling Discounts are available. Refunds are not available for missed days. If there is a normal cancellation, families will be contacted via email within 48 hours. Emergency 24 hours.
One School Chess Players
CHESS BASICS // Spring Semester $56
LEVEL UP // Spring Semester $70
COMPETITIVE + ADVANCED // Spring Semester $70
LUNCH CLUB CHESS // Spring Semester $0
Community Chess Players
CHESS BASICS // Spring Semester $70
LEVEL UP // Spring Semester $84
COMPETITIVE // Spring Semester $84
SPRING SEMESTER DATES
April: 2nd, 9th, 23rd, 30th
May 7th, 21st, 28th
** Spring Registration March 8th - March 25th **
Note: Classes fill up quickly. We cap the program at 52 players. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be waitlisted.
Awards & Achievements
2017 National Scholastic Chess Championships in Orlando. More than half of our competitive team had successful games and won at least one round.
Avery K - 1st place for Unrated Section
David R. - 2nd place for his 800 - 1000 section
Caleb H. - 3rd place for Unrated Section
Andrew T. - 1st place for Blitz Chess
Orlando Chess Academy + OSOTA Chess
2017-2018 OSOTA CHESS + OCA
2018 FL State Champions
44 individual wins, 3 team trophies in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place, as well as 1st place individual.
2017 FL State Champions
K-3 Divison Second Place
K- 5 Division 4th Place
K -8 Division 5th Place
2017 Competitive Team
K-12 National Scholastic Championships
2017 Competitive Team
Florida State Scholastic Championships
2016 Competitive Team
Fl. State Scholastic Championships
K -12 National Scholastic Chess Championships