Chess club is organized by Bryant parents and taught by hired coaches in the community. Players are placed in groups based on general skill and grade level. Emphasis is placed on sportsmanship, learning to play a good game of chess, making new friends, and having fun. In addition to attending chess club, players are encouraged to attend scholastic chess tournaments.
In 2021-2022, the chess club has been divided into 2 sessions. The first session was held September-December and the second session will be held January-March.
The second session will be held online, meeting on Thursdays 3:15 – 4:15 (10 classes): January 6, 13, 20; February 3, 10, 17; March 3, 10, 17 and 24.
There is a $145.00 fee for the 11-class session ($14.5/class). This fee pays for coaches and scholarships. The parents who organize the chess club volunteer their time.
In 2021-2022, the Bryant Chess Club will be working with the Orlov Chess Academy to provide an online learning experience in place of in-person classes. Due to the online nature of the classes, a basic understanding of chess moves is required.
New and returning students, please register and provide payment through the Orlov Chess Academy website Bryant Elementary Winter Chess. In the comments box, please also indicate the best group for your child: (1) kindergarten-grade 1; (2) grade 2-5 with limited experience; or (3) grade 2-5 with experience. There will be flexibility for advanced players to move up. Please send requests for scholarships directly to the Bryant Chess Club at BryantElementaryChessClub@gmail.com.
The registration deadline is January 4th.
What to Expect:
Coaches will lead a combination of instructional, interactive, and play-based learning experiences hosted via Zoom meeting software. The meeting ID and password will be sent to registered students prior to the class. All students will receive a free account on ChessKid.com or Chess.com which coaches will use to oversee and review chess games in real time. Coaches will help students with the sign-up, log-in, and navigation of this website. For younger players or players with less experience, it is recommended that parents assist their children over the first few classes until they are able to use the ChessKid.com website independently. Also, a non-school computer (vs. tablet or phone) is recommended.