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.
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 2 or 3 matches and then travel 2 or 3 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.
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 soon.
Chess Club Payment
We typically ask for $50 per student, to help cover our costs. Given the continued Covid uncertainty, we will not charge anything at this point in the year. We have enough in our account to get things started, including a t-shirt for those that join.
If you do want to order a chess club hoodie, we will need payment. The optional hoodies are available in grey, red, black or forest green. They come with the Coronado Chess Club Logo embroidered on the front left ($25). For an additional $5, they will also include the first name under the logo. Payments can be made here: