NESSP Kids' Chess Club

Winter-Spring Session:
Hemad Pant Room, Sundays, from 7th January 2024 to 19th May 2024, 9.30 AM to 11:00 AM 

Primary Mentor: Amit Lele

Proposed Schedule: This session of club will run 12 sundays, (exact dates will be confirmed on first day of club, during class).

Sept 10, 17, 24

Oct 1, 15, 22, 29

Nov 5, 12, 19

Dec 3, 10, 17

Max enrollment: 28 students

Club Fees : $ 360 (check or cash). 


This is a club focused on match play. Players will be ranked according to their USCF ranking (if they have one) or they will be assigned an in-house rating which will be tracked and updated as they progress through the class. Players will be taught, proper use of chess notation, how to record their games on a sheet of paper, how to use the chess clock.

Some instruction may apply to all students, some instruction will be limited to smaller groups based on their skill level.

Mentor and student volunteers will rotate through the class to ensure that everyone is making incremental progress in their chess play. If you are interested in volunteering to help run the club, please email us directly.

Topics that will be covered as part of the in-class instruction include elementary checkmates, Advanced checkmates, pawn promotion, basic chess openings and middle game strategies.

All, students will receive some feedback on every game they play to help them develop skills to analyze their past games and use that to improve future chess play.

The curriculum will be rigorous, so please plan on attending all sessions to derive maximum benefit. Repeated absence and tardiness may lead to removal from the chess club.

Requirements to Enroll

Genuine desire to learn chess and play in a competitive environment or tournaments.

Basic understanding of chess board and chess pieces, rules of how each piece moves and in general be able to play a game to completion.

Understanding of chess notation and use of chess clock are preferred but not required. Both these concepts will be taught/revised in the class.

Dedication to practice a couple of days a week in addition to chess club is recommended.

Please provide USCF rating, if available.

The club is designed to accommodate players of wide range of chess ability and every student will get instruction appropriate to their level in a group environment. There is no specific age or grade requirement. Based on past experience, the club is most suitable for Grades 2 through 6. Exceptions will be made on an individual basis.

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