Chess Club

Chess Club

Fall 2017

During the chess club meetings, children will be offered match play and some instruction on basic chess skills and strategy. Parent volunteers are welcome and encouraged to attend.

How to register: There is no fee, no registration requirements, nor permission slips to participate. Simply show up on any Wednesday that the Club meets.

For more information, contact: Assistant Principal Gary Hinson at

Grades offered: This program is offered to children in grades 2nd-6th

Time:  8:15-9:15am

Day: Every other Wednesday morning 

Start/End dates:  Program starts the last Wednesday in September, and continues throughout the school year.  The specific dates include:

4/19/2018 (only one meeting in April because Spring Break is April 10-14)
5/3/2017 (only one meeting in May because the SOL testing window runs from 5/15-6/19
6/14/2017 – tentative depending on how SOLs are progressing

Location:  MRES Cafeteria

Fee: This course is free

Class Size: N/A

Did you know that learning to play chess is not only fun, but can teach your child valuable skills that can impact their academic success? Studies have shown that student IQs have increased and test scores have improved after less than a year of systematic chess playing. Chess promotes improved self-esteem, builds team spirit, and can improve their ability to concentrate. Some benefits of playing chess include:

  • Enhanced ability to focus – your kids practice observation and concentration when playing
  • Improving visualization skills – your kids are prompted to imagine a sequence of actions before they happen, which leads to
  • Thinking ahead – your kids practice thinking first, then acting. They ask themselves “If I do this move, what might happen next?”
  • Learning to weigh their options and practice impulse control by not doing the first move that pops into their head
  • Analyzing situations and learning to trust themselves by thinking through how specific actions and sequences can result in either desired or undesired outcomes
  • Abstract thinking in where you kids practice the art of stepping back from details to view and consider the bigger picture, thereby promoting executive skill development
  • Practicing the art of developing long range goals and plans and outlining the individual steps necessary to achieve them
  • Independence, by playing with other children, your kids develop independence in critical thinking without the immediate aid of an adult.