Chess Club

Kipps Chess Club

The Chess Club is open to all Kipps Elementary School students and has been up and running since Kipps opened its doors back in 1994.  The club meets on Fridays, before school,in the second grade classroom area- starting at about 8:10 a.m. All students will be dismissed from chess club to return to their classrooms, well before the school day starts.    Chess Club is not held on days when school is delayed - for any reason.  There is no cost to participate in chess club and all chess playing equipment is provided for all students. 

          New students to the club should first introduce themselves to Mr. Gregory.  Students in grades 1-5 should already know how to play chess before attending regular meetings but any student can attend, as long as they have a friend in the club that will be helping them to learn how to play.   Students in Kindergarten are welcome to join Chess Club but they must know how to play chess before attending any club meetings.

          There is usually a “Chess Class” taught sometime in the late fall of the year that will be open to any Kipps students that would like to learn how to play.   There are books and software available to students in the library who want to learn how to play on their own or to just improve their chess skills.  This website has several links to information about learning to play chess and will hopefully also have some additional links added on how to improve your chess skill.   Check back here often for up to date sources!

          The Kipps Chess Club is not a highly competitive tournament based club.  The club is formed for students, staff and parents that might want to attend and enjoy playing a good game of chess.  For any additional information, you may contact Charlie Gregory at the chess club coach, or Ms. Angela Semones at the school club sponsor.

Before Chess Club:

Before Chess Club

After Chess Club:

After Chess Club


The following are two free sources that will teach you how to play chess:  This site is very good to learn the basics of how to play chess, with videos that are easy to follow.  Mr. Gregory recommends this site to all student chess players.  You do sign up on this site and you should get your parents to help with this, but it appears secure and has no cost.  This site will also teach strategies that go well beyond a beginner level and allows for play against 'bots.'


Mr. Gregory has additional chess software programs/books you may also request to borrow - for both learning and getting better.