Holmes School Chess Club

The Holmes School Chess Club consists of three groups:  Learning, Intermediate, and Advanced. All three groups focus on developing respect, demonstrating good sportsmanship, and learning new Chess strategies. To participate in the advanced group, students are required to try out unless he or she is a returning member of the group. Intermediate and Advanced Chess starts in early October and goes through mid-April. Learning Chess typically starts later and ends before Spring Break.

Intermediate & Advanced

Any students, 1st through 5th graders, who have a serious interest in chess, are invited to join Chess Club. We expect Chess Club members to be motivated to develop their chess skills, to maintain regular attendance, and to be respectful toward adults and peers. If your child is a returning member of the Intermediate club and he/she would like to move up to the Advanced Club, they will have to qualify for that level through the try-outs. They are guaranteed at least a place in the Intermediate Club. Try-outs are happen in mid-September and are offered on two different days. Players from Learning Chess who want to participate in Intermediate and can play an independent game of chess, can sign up for Intermediate. Intermediate chess will begin meeting after school with Mrs. Circo in her room, #211. The Intermediate group will last for one hour. Those who qualify for the Advanced group will meet after school with Mr. Grace in Mrs. Circo’s room, #211. The Advanced group will last an hour and a half and both groups will include a small snack and drink.

The first part of each class will include snacks and focus on instruction in chess strategies.  The second half will usually be practicing strategies through play.  The instructors will be advising players during their games to strengthen their use and understanding of chess strategies. At times, students will play independent competitive matches.

Some members of the Advanced Club will be competing in the district-wide chess tournament.  Student performance, respectful behavior, and attendance will determine rankings in the advanced group.  These rankings will eventually determine participation in the District Chess Tournament. Near the end of the year, the Intermediate and Advanced groups will also have separate in-school tournaments.

Learning Chess

Any K through 2nd graders who are interested in learning how to play chess should sign up for Learning Chess. This group is usually run by parent volunteers with help and support from Mrs. Circo. This group meets during the lunch hour and students eat their lunches while learning how to play chess. After clean-up, they have a chance to practice the skills they learned that day. Chess pieces and their moves are introduced one at a time. Regular attendance is important. This group is dependent on parent volunteers to run.

Carla Circo, Intermediate Chess Coach & GTD Teacher
Terry Grace, Advanced Chess Coach