Coach: Heather Smith
What ages/grades is your club for? 2nd - 5th
How does someone join your club? Chess Club is designed for students who have mastered the basic foundations of chess (set-up, movement, check & checkmate). Students in grades 2nd-5th are given the opportunity take a chess quiz, and the top 6-8 kids from each grade level are picked to participate in weekly Chess Club practice. We have a mini tournament at school around Feb/Mar to pick our top 2-3 players from each grade who advance to the OCS Chess tournaments in April and compete against the other elementary schools' teams.
When is your club offered? We have year-round Chess Club practice. OCS tournaments are usually in April and only the top players advance.
What is your club about? All kids can benefit from chess. Kids may see it as just a game, but research has shown that chess enhances scholastic abilities including test scores. Think of it as "exercise for the mind", a fun way to practice concentration, patience, logic, and mental calculations.
2nd & 3rd Grade Chess Team 2018
- 2nd Place OCS Overall Team: Landen Flores, Tanner Hanson, Maddy Hansen, & Aitor Haro-Mendez
- 1st Place OCS Overall Individual--Tanner Hanson
- 2nd Place OCS Overall Individual--Aitor Haro-Mendez