Starting a Chess Club

How to Start a Chess Club at Your Local School

Most successful school chess clubs have a committed and enthusiastic adult sponsor, either a teacher or a parent. The sponsor doesn't necessarily need to know how to play chess or be an expert in chess. Many kids will already know how to play, and many books are available with the basic rules.

Contact the principal of the school. Let him/her know your plans and that you would need a place in the school to meet. Most principals are receptive to the idea of a chess club at their school. At elementary schools, a good guess is that 5% of the students will be interested. This percent will be lower at the higher grades.

Plan to meet for an hour once a week. This could either be immediately after school or in the evening.

Inexpensive chess sets can be purchased at toy stores, Wal-Mart, Target and other stores for $5.00 - $10.00. Omaha Chess Community has sturdy "tournament sets" for sale at $11.00 and $14.00. Quantities of 10 or more qualify for a $2 a set discount. (contact Mike Gooch or Drew Thyden ). The school may be willing to supply the funds, or each participant may make a contribution to purchase the sets.

Sometimes it's possible to find an older student who is willing to come on occasion to give instruction to the chess players.

If you have any questions about Chess in Omaha, please contact Mike Gooch or Drew Thyden.