• Attention 8th Grade Guardians!

    Do you enjoy playing chess? Then sign up for the 8th grade Chess Club!


    "The beauty of chess is it can be whatever you want it to be.  It transcends language, age, race, religion, politics, gender, and socioeconomic background.  Whatever your circumstances, anyone can enjoy a good fight to the death over the chess board."


    The game of chess' strategic complexities offers students a challenge that may be played for fun, or with increasing degrees of seriousness.  It is a game with no barriers.  People of any age, sex, physical ability, and social class can all play on equal terms.  Chess is truly a 'Sport for All'.


    Chess is a sociable activity that helps to bring people together and breaks down barriers, while simultaneously encouraging a healthy sense of competitiveness. 

    • The game of chess helps students learn to concentrate, think logically, overcome obstacles, spot patterns and categorize information.

    • It helps with the development of problem-solving skills, patience, focus of thought, and self-discipline.

    •  It helps students to understand both positive and negative, long term consequences of one's actions.

    • Chess is a competitive activity, but, good sportsmanship and fair play are taught as essential elements of the game.

    • Chess is a one-against-one activity; however, teamwork is also an important element.  This element comes into play when Club members must practice and work on problems together.

    • Provides a challenge for students while helping build confidence and self esteem.  It offers a combination of educational and social activity.


    Match and Meeting Times

    Chess Club is a year-long club that meets in Ms. Griffin's room (A409) during 8th grade lunch (12:24-12:59) on Thursdays from October through the beginning of  June.

    Thursdays are required match days.

    Mondays - Wednesdays are optional match days if you have a match set up.

    Fridays are available if a match has been discussed with Ms. Griffin.



    The chess club is available to all levels of players.  At times, we will break the club into three groups so that lessons can be tuned to the players in the groups.  The three groups are: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.

    • The Beginner group usually consists of players new to the game, with limited to basic knowledge of piece movement and rules of the game.

    • The Intermediate group consists of players that have a solid understanding of the rules and gameplay, and are working on expanding their tactical play.

    • The Advanced group consists of players that are ready for more advanced tactics and strategies.  Many of these players regularly practice and have quite a bit of background knowledge regarding the game.


    Don't know how to play?  Sign up and learn!  Remember, "Every chess master was once a beginner".


    Sign up in Ms. Griffin's room (A409).  Space is limited, so sign up today!