Chess Club

West Woodland Chess Club

 

2016-2017 Information

Revised: September 18, 2016

 

West Woodland Chess Club Parent Volunteers welcome all families to join Chess Club!  Below is information about schedules, costs, and registration.  If you have any questions email us at westwoodlandchess@gmail.com.

Why Chess?

Chess club is for students who want to learn to play chess and play it well.  Chess is a 400-year-old game played in every county in the world that is great fun at every level from beginner to professional.  Chess teaches concentration, focus, and empathy: the only way to succeed is to see the board from your opponent’s perspective.  It also teaches how to win with grace and lose with dignity. These are all great skills for life and support West Woodland’s core values. 

Schedule

Class

Day

Coach

Begin

End

Meet

Pickup

Start Date

Beginner

Monday

Lori Osseward

2:05

3:30

Cafeteria

Library

9/26/16

Intermediate

Monday

Bill Schill

2:05

3:40

Cafeteria

105

10/3/16

Advanced 1

Monday

Al Walker

2:05

3:40

Cafeteria

Stage

10/3/16

Advanced 2

Thursday

Bill Schill

2:05

3:40

202

202

10/6/16

Dates

Fall:                10/3 - 12/15  (9/26 for beginners)

Winter:           1/3 - 3/17

Spring:            3/20 - 6/02

 

For beginners and intermediates classes are cumulative and must be taken in order: Students must complete the Fall class before taking the Winter class, and Winter’s class before Spring.

Cost

Chess Club is funded by tuition paid by families.  All funds go to pay our professional coaches, for snacks, and for chess equipment.  The cost is $100 per quarter per student, or $275 for the full year.  There is a $25 discount per quarter per child for enrolling siblings.  If your child wants to attend both Advanced 1 (Mondays) and Advanced 2 (Thursdays), the tuition is $200 per quarter, or $450 for the whole year.

 

Registration

Register here: https://westwoodlandwpta.wufoo.com/forms/chess-club.  Payment is made to the West Woodland PTA by paypal, credit card or check made out to West Woodland PTA and placed in the chess club envelope in the main office.

Scholarships

Scholarships for up to 75% of tuition are available, funded mainly from tuition paid by parents.  To request a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Request Form.  Someone will respond to your request as soon as possible. All requests are kept confidential. 

 

Pickup and Dropoff

Monday classes meet in the cafeteria and then go to their respective rooms.  Thursday’s advanced class meets in Room 202.  Pickup is from the classroom unless your child is in Kid’s Inc. or regularly walks home.  We can’t release your kids from the building without an adult. 

 

Absences

If your child is going to be absent, please send email to westwoodlandchess@gmail.com.

 

Snacks

A snack is provided by parent volunteers before Monday chess club. There is no snack provided for Thursday’s Advanced 2 class. Please make sure your child has some extra food from lunch.

Tournaments

Seattle enjoys a vibrant elementary-age chess community.  We compete in tournaments held on Saturdays in the Winter and Spring, culminating in a Washington State Tournament in late April or early May. Many kids turn on to chess after their first tournament, so it is very important to go to at least one. Tournaments are all day affairs with lots of time between rounds for playing outside and socializing with friends -- think of it as a big play date with some chess mixed in and lots of trophies at the end. Tournaments are open to all ages and skill levels, including kindergarteners. Parents usually car pool and share kid-minding duties at tournaments.  Register for tournaments online at http://nwchessreg.com.

Curriculum

Beginner:  K – 2nd grade.  Beginner teaches the rules from the ground up, including chess etiquette, setting up the board properly, touch move and touch take, detailed move rules for each piece, castling, pawn promotion, checkmate, stalemate, and other ways to draw.  By the end of the Winter quarter all beginners should be able to play in a tournament setting by themselves. 

 

Intermediate:  1 – 3rd grade.  Intermediate assumes all players have completed the beginner class or equivalent.   Topics include chess notation, that is, writing down the moves of chess game so it can be replayed later; end games: checkmating with king and two rooks, king and queen, and king and one rook; basic tactical patterns including forks, skewers, and pins, and basic opening principles.  Most kids who complete the intermediate class can beat most adults. 

 

Advanced:  2 – 5th grade.  The advanced classes are for kids who play in tournaments regularly and want to improve their tournament play.  They assume all the material in the intermediate class, especially the ability to write down games, as a prerequisite.  Topics include advanced openings, space, time, and initiative, playing under time pressure, king-pawn endings, and studying master games. 

 

Parent Responsibilities

These are the expectations of parents.  Please only sign up for chess club if you can meet them. If you are unsure, please contact one of the Parent Volunteers.  

 

  • Parents of kindergarteners:  You must attend or send a responsible adult to each class, and actively help your child pay attention and play. In other words, no phone surfing.

     

  • Pick up your children from their classrooms unless your child is in Kids Inc.  We cannot release your kids from the building to meet you out front.  

     

  • Bring one snack for the whole club at least once during the year at 1:45 on a Monday. The PTA will reimburse you up to $60.  Please save your receipt.

     

  • Help distribute snack once per quarter in addition to the day in which you bring snack.

     

  • Purchase a chess board and make it available to play at home.  It is best if a parent learns enough chess to play with your kids at home.  Sitting in on the beginner class is a great way to learn the game.

     

  • Send your child to at least one chess tournament. 

 

Resources

Website

http://tinyurl.com/wwchessclub

Registration

https://westwoodlandwpta.wufoo.com/forms/chess-club

Scholarship

https://westwoodlandwpta.wufoo.com/forms/pol1jtz0lfn6sf

Tournaments

http://nwchessreg.com

Email

westwoodlandchess@gmail.com

 

 

Questions?

Contact any of the Parent Coordinators:  

 

George Snelling, 206.226.2854, georgesn@gmail.com

Karla Stanley, 206.491.2579, stanlka76@gmail.com

Dianne Royal, 206.409.2403, dianne488@hotmail.com

Jim O’Donnell, (206) 713-2121, jimeo@nwlink.com

Shaynee Snider, 206.419.6087, shayneegray47@gmail.com

 

 

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