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Thank you for visiting. Below is additional information about the chess club at Coronado Elementary School.

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The purpose of the Coronado Chess Club is to provide a fun environment where students can learn to play the game of chess and continuously improve, learning important life skills along the way. We have a large spectrum of playing levels in the club. We have built a program over the years that we hope helps everyone in the club, from the new beginners to more advanced players.


The students are organized by chess playing ability groups. There are currently five groups that are referred to as Pawns 1 and Pawns 2, Minors, Majors and Royals. Students receive instruction each week based on their current ability group. After an initial sorting period during the first few weeks of the year, students generally stay in the same group for the remainder of the year.

A "ladder" system is used to continually sort the students. Every week, after the chess instruction, the students play games with other students. As a student wins, he or she moves up the ladder and as games are lost, a student moves down. The top 15 to 20 students in the club are in the "Royals" room, the next 15 to 20 in the "Majors" room, then "Minors", then "Pawns 2". In the library, we have the "Pawns 1" group. This is typically the largest group with between 25 and 30 students. This group is composed of new club students, those that do not yet know how to play and those with very little formal chess training.


We meet from 7am to 8:05am on Friday mornings, almost every Friday that Coronado has school.

The hour of chess club includes a period of instruction and a chess game. The instruction is usually between 20 and 30 minutes, leaving the remaining time for the students to play a game.


Our primary method of communication is e-mail and our website. For those who have another e-mail address you prefer we use when communicating information about chess club, please use the link below to sign up. Please also encourage a spouse or other family member to register. Thank you!

Parent Support

We really appreciate your support, especially all the new parents helping this year. We always need a few extra hands after the lesson as the students are playing their games, to monitor play, reinforce positive behaviors and teach proper movement of the chess pieces. We can always use extra support. Even just once or twice a month is wonderful.

We especially encourage parents who are new to the club to come the first 6 to 8 weeks. During this time you will get a good idea of how the club works and also learn the basic rules of chess, so you can play with your child or children at home.

Additional Events

Apart from playing during chess club, we participate in a few other chess events during the year.

1. Interscholastic Tournaments:

We participate in a local chess league called the Denver Chess League or DCL. The number of other schools that participate will determine the length of the tournament season. The chess matches are generally played between early November and late February. The schools that participate play with their top 4 to 10 players. Matches are held at home or away. We may need to host 4 or 5 matches and then travel 4 or 5 times. The home school typically provides snacks.

2. Other Tournaments:

There are other scholastic chess tournaments in the Denver metro area and along the front range that students can attend on their own (completely optional). A chess tournament generally consists of each student playing 5 games on a Saturday. Students compete against other students within grade ranges. These are usually K-1, 2-3 and 4-6. Trophies are often awarded to the top 3-5 players in each division. Each year, we have several students that attend tournaments. The Colorado state scholastic chess tournament is the largest of these tournaments. It is typically held in mid February.

Please let us know when you are interested in participating in any of these tournaments. We like to meet up as a club at the tournaments where possible.

3. End of Year Club Tournament:

The final five weeks of chess club we do not have any instruction. Instead we have our own internal tournament. Each week the students play each other in their room, playing one game each week.

4. End of Year Breakfast:

The last day of chess club we have a breakfast and award ceremony. We like to hold this in the cafeteria. We celebrate the year, present awards to the top students from each group and recognize the accomplishments from the year.

Chess Club Picture Day

After the club t-shirts (and hoodies) arrive, we will have a club picture day for the year book. More details to come. We plan to order the shirts this week.