• Coaching Staff
Head Coach Steve Schneider has been a classroom teacher and chess
coach for over 25 years. His players have ranked in the top 100
nationally and his teams have taken many state championships. Our
team of teachers and coaches includes chess experts, as well as
former elementary and middle school teachers who use their teaching
skills to develop winning students.
• Learning Tools
Books and videos, part of our Scholastic Chess
Series, provide a step-by-step blueprint for developing chess
skills, from the basics to the endgame. These materials support
learning within the clubs and are available for use at home, providing
continued practice to students and giving parents the opportunity
to learn along with their children. Materials for younger students
were produced by early childhood educators and develop chess readiness,
as well as reading and math skills.
• Readiness Group
youngest groups learn the names of pieces, how to set up the board
and how each piece moves and captures. The students use movement,
play pre-chess games — Pawn and piece games (more games played
with the minor pieces and the Pawns; few games with the Rooks and
Queens). They know how the King moves; but, in most cases, do not
understand check, checkmate and stalemate.
• Beginning Players
students focus on check, checkmate and stalemate, understand
castling and its rules and are introduced to en passant.
They work on opening theory, the Queen’s Raid and how
to stop it, and basic notation. They play their first endgame:
checkmate with 2 Rooks.
Our tournament competition
players thoroughly understand Queen’s Raid and how to stop
it, and work on 2 Knights and the Stonewall. They can checkmate
with 1 Rook and King and 1 Pawn and King. We encourage them to
attend evening chess clubs and tournaments that can gain them a
national ranking. They have scorebooks and puzzle books.
• Advanced Players
These players are taught by our expert and master coaches, who
work with them to improve strategies and broaden their understanding
of openings and endgames. We encourage all of our players to strive
toward the next level of chess. Costs depend on number of students,
number of meetings, time of day and location. We try to accommodate
a variety of learners and work with schools and families to set
up costs and logistics.
Talk: We'll keep you informed.
At the club and through e-mails we will make sure our club
participants know what’s going on in chess locally, across
Georgia and nationally.