CCAL Chess

2017-2018 Season: Roughly Mid-October through April
Available To: 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Boys & Girls
Cost: $30
Online Registration: Click Here
Head Coach: Peter Wise, Email

Practice Information (Begins 10/12/17)

MA Classroom: #123 (Mr. Hutto’s Room) / Occasionally at Prairie Winds Elementary School
MA: Thursdays: 4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
PWES: Occasionally Mondays/Fridays: 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM

What To Expect

Participants on our 2017-18 Chess team will receive weekly training, online instruction and practice, and time to play games. Instruction utilizes chess videos, chess database software, chess computer engines, and a variety of software programs for computers and mobile devices. In addition, Mr. Wise, a U.S. Chess Federation rated expert, will coach and critique students’ games. As daunting as all this sounds, this class is open to newcomers!

Skills taught include:
• Chess rules
• Basic checkmates
• Strategic thinking and planning
• Tactical awareness
• Chess notation (how to read scoresheets and record games)
• Using chess to improve critical thinking skills
• Chess as an analogy for making optimal life decisions
• Pattern recognition in chess
• Developing an opening system for White and for Black
• Basic endgame technique
• Tips for playing competitive chess
• How to use chess clocks

Chess is fun and fast-paced, and students will get the opportunity to compete against players from other schools both within the Central Colorado Athletic League, and out. Students can develop a lifelong love of the game—as Mr. Wise did!


Competition Schedule**

We plan to have 3 or 4 CCAL competitions throughout the year, dates are given below. Other, non-league competitions will be announced at a later date.
Date: Day: Start Time: Location:
November 17th Friday 4:00 PM Directions to MA
Result: 171117_ChessResults_MA
December 9th Saturday 8:00 AM – Meeting @ 7:45 AM Directions to Atlas Prep, NW Side of the Building
Result: TBD
February 24th Saturday TBD Directions to Manitou Springs
Result: 8:00 AM – Meeting @ 7:30 AM
CCAL Competition #4 TBD TBD TBD
Result: TBD

* Non-League Event
** Subject to change


Necessary Forms

Chess participants are not required to have an athletics physical on file, but we do need the rest of the paperwork filled out. Visit our Athletics Page to obtain information on all other necessary forms