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 in 1994.  The club meets on Fridays before school - starting at about 8:10 and runs until about 8:55.  Meetings are now being held in room 34!  Students may arrive to join in Chess Club play at any time after 8:10 and they may then leave the room to go to their classes any time after 8:45.  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, please contact Charlie Gregory the club sponsor - by either leaving a note in the office or you may email me atcgregory@mcps.org.

Before Chess Club:

Before Chess Club

After Chess Club:

After Chess Club

 

The following are two free to watch videos online that will teach you how to play chess:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WeWlWCg2Uw  

http://www.chesskid.com/learn-how-to-play-chess.html  

There are also two free chess learn/play programs at the ITunes App Store that you can upload to an Ipad style device.  One is from Chess.com and the other is an Optime Software LLC product.  

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