Chess Club 2018-19
Day of the Week: Monday – Friday, weekly (Each child attends one meeting per week. Meeting times are not interchangeable.)
Dates: Classes begin the week of Sept 17th. End dates vary; please see the complete class schedule in the description below. Chess club registration is for the entire school year 2018-2019.
Time: 3:00 – 4:15 PM
Eligible Grades: K – 5th grade
Description: The after school lessons are taught by a professional chess coach in a small group setting with kids of similar skill level (USCF ranking) once a week. We are able to offer two afternoon classes every day of the week. This allows us to provide: Smaller groups of kids in each club meeting time; A tighter defined level within each group of kids, which will enable the coach to prepare lessons more focused on the specific level of each group; More differentiation, with coaches better able to focus on individual levels of experience and expertise; More fun for the kids, who will enjoy playing more against kids who are closer to them in expertise and/or grade level.
The LME Chess Committee and coaches worked together to deﬁne the best criteria for each group of kids, taking into account both ideal ranges for each instructional level and the actual number of LME chess club members currently at each level. Seats are limited for each skill level. Priority will be given to children who meet the criteria for the day/time. Thereafter, priority will be first-come, first-served. During the year, the coach might suggest a better class for your child based on his ability or tournament result. You will be notified about the same and with parent’s permission, the child would be moved to the class that would be a better fit for his skill/level.
|Class Levels For All Kids Enrolling In LME Chess Club 2018-2019|
|Beginners K-1||K & 1 Younger kids with limited prior experience in chess club|
|Beginners||1st-5th with at least one semester of chess club experience but no tournaments|
|Advanced Beginners||Chess rating of 100-250|
|Intermediate 1||Chess rating of 250-500|
|Intermediate 2||Chess rating of 400-800|
|Advanced||Chess rating of 800+|
Note: We intend to maintain these skill levels. However, if class sizes are unbalanced, Chess Committee may make adjustments to class groupings after registration closes and before sessions begin.
The following schedule makes the best possible use of the available coaches and meeting spaces, maximizes the number of families who can continue this year with the same day/time they chose last year, and creates significantly tighter and more focused groupings of kids into appropriate levels:
|Class Schedule||Class 1: 3:00PM – 4:15PM||Class 2: 3:00PM – 4:15PM|
|Monday||Beginners K-1||Advanced Beginners|
|Wednesday||Advanced Beginners||Intermediate 1|
- Seats are limited for each skill level. Priority will be given to children who meet the criteria for the day/time. Thereafter, priority will be first-come, first-served.
- Rating cut-offs are not set in stone, but placement in a level that your child does not meet the criteria for can only be done with prior chess committee approval.
- If we have a lot of interest from beginners for Tuesdays, then we will have a second class on Tuesdays as well.
All children who participate in the LME Chess Club will receive a year-end trophy, but only children who participate in at least one Austin-area chess tournament will be eligible for a Gold, Silver, or Bronze trophy. There are typically 2-4 chess tournaments in Austin each year. We will keep LME chess club members informed about Austin-area chess tournaments. Chess tournaments are a great way to build kids’ excitement about chess, and the LME Chess Club encourages all club members to attend at least one chess tournament every school year. Please see the chess club webpage for more information.
The club fee covers the cost of 24 coached afternoon sessions (Fall & Spring sessions), Chess Club T-shirt, Chesskid.com gold membership, trophy, and Beyond School Hours Admin.
Class Meeting Dates:
-Monday Class: 9/17-12/17 & 1/14-4/22
-Tuesday Class: 9/18-12/18 & 1/15-4/16
-Wednesday Class: 9/19-12/12 & 1/16-4/10
-Thursday Class: 9/20-12/13 & 1/17-4/11
-Friday Class: 9/21-12/14 & 1/20-4/12
Chess Club Trophies:
All children who participate in the LME Chess Club will receive a year-end trophy, but only children who participate in at least one Austin-area chess tournament will be eligible for a Gold, Silver or Bronze trophy. There are typically 2-4 chess tournaments in Austin each year. We will keep LME chess club members informed about Austin area chess tournaments. Chess tournaments are a great way to build kids’ excitement about chess, and the LME Chess Club encourages all club members to attend at least one chess tournament every school year.
NO PAYMENT IS DUE UPON REGISTRATION. Once your child’s spot in the club has been conﬁrmed you will receive a link to pay online
1. Any placements in a class for which the child doesn’t meet these rating/ level requirements must be approved by Chess Committee.
2. We intend to maintain the general skill level described for each day/time. However, if class sizes are unbalanced, Chess Committee may make adjustments to the specific cut-off for a day/time after registration closes and before club meetings begin.
Chess Club – Friday Morning Chess Meet-Up
NO REGISTRATION Necessary. Students who wish to participate in Friday morning Chess Meet-Up simply show up.
Day of the Week: Friday morning, weekly
Dates: 9/28/2018 – 4/26/2019
Time: 6:45 – 7:30 AM in cafeteria
Eligible Grades: K – 5th
Fees: None, Free for ALL LME students
Description: Starting this year the LME Chess club is opening up the Friday morning chess free-play session to all LME students. This “Chess Meet-Up” is intended for LME students of all levels to experience the game and play with other LME chess enthusiasts in a friendly setting. The goal is to encourage new payers to observe and/or play the game with other students, (no coaching will be provided), and for experienced players to practice the game with other players. Parents are not required to stay, but their help with set up and clean up would be appreciated. Parents, siblings & youth volunteers are welcome to participate in the games and are encouraged to guide new kids to setup chess boards and teach them chess basics. If your child has always wanted to play or is curious to learn more about the game of chess, then this is a great place to do it! We are also working on an incentive program for kids that attend the meetup on Friday mornings, more on it after we get started! (NOTE: Since this will be a free session with no fees or registration requirements, participating in the morning chess session WILL NOT include the Chess Club T-shirt, chesskid.com membership or year end trophy, which will be provided for students joining the after school coached Chess program.)
Club Sponsors: Chess Club Committee, Parent Volunteers