Welcome!

Welcome to the Upshur County Scholastic Chess Club (UCSC)! We have three goals for our Chess Club:

First and foremost, we want to have fun playing chess. After all, chess is a game, and games are meant to be fun. Competition can be a good thing, so long as it adds to the fun rather than subtracting from it.

Secondly, we want to learn to play better chess. The better you are at something, the more fun it is. We will have plenty of fun, but we will be studying to become better at playing chess.

Ultimately, we’d like to participate in tournament chess. This may include traveling to other schools to play in chess tournaments, as well as the possibility of hosting our own tournaments. Tournament play can be a really rewarding experience, but it takes the dedication and teamwork of players and parents to make it happen. The Chess Coach will provide more information about tournaments as necessary.

Membership

Our Chess Club is a scholastic club. That means it’s for school-age kids. Currently, the Chess Club is only open for middle school players, but we are working to get connected with chess players from the elementary and high school level.

The Chess Club is also open to homeschool students. Homeschool players will play other kids in the division appropriate to their grade level.

Membership in the Chess Club is free. All you have to do is come to practice, pay attention during instructional time, and have fun playing chess. Participation in chess tournaments, however, will involve a fee. See the Chess Coach for details.

You don’t need to know how to play chess to join. All you need is the desire to play good chess. However, chess club practices are not recess – we will be studying to play better chess.

You do not need a chess set to participate in the Chess Club. Chess sets, chess clocks, and other materials will be provided as needed. In fact, players are encouraged to leave their personal chess sets at home. We’ve got you covered!

Parent Involvement

Parents are always welcome to be involved in the Chess Club. Our Chess Club is about learning, about having fun, but most of all, it’s about the students. There are many ways parents can be involved in Chess Club activities — from helping with snacks for practice, to helping chaperone a tournament trip — just speak to the Chess Coach if you’d like to be a part.

Meetings

Chess Club meeting schedule is currently TBD.

Questions or Comments

If you have any questions about the Chess Club, or even chess in general, please feel free to contact the Chess Coach. Also, spread the word! If you know kids who might like to be in the chess club, invite them to come. We want as many people playing chess as possible!

Be awesome 🙂

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