How to Promote Chess Clubs in Schools? The Chess Ladder is the Key! The Ladder must be constructed so that students' names are "up in lights!" Why is the Chess Ladder so important to the success of the club? Competition and recognition, simply competition and recognition! Students and faculty quickly become very interested in who are the strongest chess players in the school.
Many students when they see their classmates' names on the Chess Ladders think, "I could beat that person." Then, they show up to chess club and participate in Chess Ladder Competition.
Scholastic Chess Tournaments introduce students to more serious competition with chess players from other schools beyond their own chess club. Field trips to scholastic tournaments give students a sense of belonging--an opportunity to be part of a "team!" Ratings! At United States Chess Federation (USCF) sponsored tournaments, students earn USCF ratings.
Bughouse Chess is a fun way to unwind after a period of studying or playing standard chess, but a bad way to prepare for a serious competition. Bughouse Chess is fun, festive and addictive! And, FUN! Students sometimes like to wear costumes for Bughouse Chess! Advantages include fun, excitement, team play, piece placement, attacking flight squares and checkmate patterns...
Simply put, Quad Tournaments are fun! Quads give everyone an opportunity to win an award or a prize at their ability and experience level. Why students enjoy them so much, is that players of same strength and experience compete against each other. The less experienced players in Quads III and IV are able to win the same "First Place" certificates and prizes as their more experienced, stronger counterparts in Quad I and II.
Chess Club Ladder Competition is by far the activity that attracts the most interest and the most students to chess club. Good, simple, sturdy chess clocks ($24.95) are essential! Nothing will improve interest and attendance in a chess club more than a well-constructed, well-displayed and well-functioning chess ladder!
The chess teacher presents “simple” master games--and the students present their own games--that demonstrate the “Principles For Stronger Chess” found in the Chess Tactics For Students and Checkmate! Ideas For Students workbooks. Students LOVE this! Proceed with caution...
Activities that are fun--and that improve chess knowledge and skills--are the lifeblood of a well-run, great chess club! Competition, essential to chess, plays a large part in the activities. Some competitions are fun and relatively stress-free... Other competitions are intense...
Choosing the right location, the right meeting times, and quality chess equipment will foster enthusiastic student chess club participation. Be sure the chess sets fit nicely on the tables with space for chess clocks and score books--and be sure that students can easily reach across the board.
Why are these Four Basic Endgame Checkmate Patterns so important for a student to master? They give students the skills and confidence that transfer to the whole game. For a student to understand and progress in all stages of the game--the Opening, the Middle Game and the Endgame--the student must first know how to end the game in checkmate!
Basic Chess Skills & Psychology For Students! In a well-run, successful school chess club, students must know the chess rules; they must know how a chess game ends--in checkmate or a draw; then, from the very beginning after learning the rules--they must learn Three Psychological Practices for stronger chess: 1) What is my opponent’s last move threatening? 2) Is my next move safe? 3) What will my opponent’s next move be?