FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 2-6. Since 1993, the U.S. Chess Center has been running after-school chess clubs in elementary schools in partnership with PTOs/PTAs throughout the national capital region. We are pleased to resume in-person clubs at many of our locations this autumn. Registration for the following school clubs is now open:
Colvin Run ES Chess Club (Vienna, VA)
Greenbriar West ES Chess Club (Fairfax, VA)
Poplar Tree ES Chess Club (Chantilly, VA)
Ravensworth ES Chess Club (Springfield, VA)
Spring Hill ES Chess Club (McLean, VA)
Stratford Landing ES Chess Club (Alexandria, VA)
Westbriar ES Chess Club (Vienna, VA)
White Oaks ES Chess Club (Burke, VA)
Willow Springs ES Chess Club (Fairfax, VA)
Our in-person clubs welcome students of all ability levels, from complete beginners to accomplished tournament players. We teach the rules of chess to students who do not know them and the strategy of the game to everyone. For both lessons and gameplay, students are grouped by playing strength to ensure that each child is appropriately challenged. The fall session of our clubs commences the final week of September, and runs all the way to the end of the first half of the school year, in late January or early February. The spring sessions begin shortly after.
Some of our clubs have decided to be virtual-only this school year. For these clubs, classes will be online with students also grouped by skill; however, our online clubs are designed for students that already know the rules, basic vocabulary, and basic strategy of chess. If your student is completely new to chess then they are not eligible to participate in an online club but we are creating classes for them.
Churchill Road ES Chess Club (McLean, VA) – ONLINE ONLY
McNair ES Chess Club (Herndon, VA) – ONLINE ONLY
In addition to one after-school meeting each week at the school with instruction and supervised play, membership in our clubs (in-person or online) includes the opportunity to participate in the Elementary Team League, a fun competition that takes place from 1:30-3:00 PM on various Saturdays throughout the school year. This local team event has been a tradition for over 20 years, bringing together students from all over the greater Washington area to represent their chess clubs in friendly matches against other elementary schools. Students of all levels of tournament experience are welcome.