CCAL Chess

2018-2019 Season: Roughly Sep – Feb
Available To: 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Students
Cost: $30
Online Registration Deadline – 10/1/18: Click Here
Head Coach: Tom Vera, Email

Registration Note

Chess participants are not required to have an athletic physical on file, but we do require registration for participation.

Practice Information (Begins: October 11th, 2018)

Mr. Hutto’s Room
Thursdays – 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

What To Expect

Participants on our 2018-19 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. 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!

CCAL 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: Event: Day/Time: Location:
CCAL Competition #1 Dec 8th Saturday / 9:00 AM Directions to Atlas Prep, NW Side of the Building
Result: TBD
CCAL Competition #2 TBD TBD TBD
Result: TBD
CCAL Competition #3 TBD TBD TBD
Result: TBD
CCAL Competition #4 TBD TBD TBD
Result: TBD

Non-CCAL Competitive Opportunities
* Chessmates Fort Collins Tournament Series

The Colorado Scholastic State Chess Tournament usually occurs in February. We’ll add more as we become aware of opportunities!

* Non-League Event
** Subject to change

Monument Academy Athletic Program

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