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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.


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 our amazing volunteer support! 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. Please let us know if you can help. Even just once or twice a month is wonderful.