2nd-3rd Chess Club

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2nd-3rd Grade Beginners and Recreational Chess Club



What: 2017-18 Columbia Elementary 2nd-3rd Grade Beginners and Recreational Chess Club

Who: Students in grades 2-3, who would like to be introduced to the game of chess or who are not interested in the competitive team, but still want to play for fun.  No registration form is necessary.  Just look at the dates below and join us!

Volunteers Needed:  We need several parents who can attend the meetings on alternating Monday mornings and teach these students how to play chess.  Please contact Molly James at 

mejames@madisoncity.k12.al.us if you can help with this club.

Meeting Dates: Mondays  January 22, February 5, February 26, March 19, April 2, April 16, and April 30.

Time: 7:10-7:35 am.  NO drop-offs in the front of the school. Please use the car line in back.


 Place: Library

 Rules1.       Students must be mannerly and show good sportsmanship at all times. A time-out warning will be given for the first infraction and parents will be notified. A student who continues to misbehave will not be allowed to attend future meetings.

2.      Students must be dropped off in the carline at the back of the school beginning at 7:10 am. Dropping students off before 7:10 and leaving them unsupervised is dangerous and not allowed.

3.      Students are welcome to bring their own chess sets, but the school staff cannot be held responsible for damaged or missing parts.

4.      Parents are welcome to stay and help supervise. If you are planning to stay with your child, you will need to enter and sign in at the front office to get a visitor’s badge.


Tournament Information

 Tournament play is NOT required for the Recreational Club, but some of these students may want to give tournament play a try.  Scroll down to the section about non-rated players if your child is interested.  Also, notice the link to the Madison City Chess League website where you can get current information about upcoming tournaments and Madison City Chess League meetings in case your child wants to get instruction and play with other students from across Madison City Schools.


Registration forms are available on the Upcoming Tournaments page for the Madison City Chess League:  http://madisoncitychessleague.weebly.com/upcoming-tournaments.html .  This is a good page to bookmark for your kids who want to know about chess tournaments in our area.


What if my child doesn't know how to play chess?  Madison City Schools provides accounts for all students at www.chesskid.com.  This site has tutorials, puzzles, and access to live play with other chesskid members.  Please contact your child's teacher for the user id and password if your child doesn't know theirs.  Coming to chess club is another way to learn how to play. 


Following are opportunities for playing chess in Madison, please take advantage of these, Practice makes better-

Play chess for free on Monday nights:



Private chess Instructors available:



Weekly GIRLS chess meets in town: 



Use the link below to learn how to do chess notation!