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Chess Team

 

Welcome to the Avenues Chess Team! The already prestigious Avenues chess team is looking forward to another successful season. Chess Team members will join practice sessions every Friday from school dismissal until 5:00 p.m. for ELC and Lower Division students, and 6:00pm for Upper Division students. Chess Team is a year-long commitment, as we are building a strong Avenues team and want to continue building each student's level and abilities. Team members will scrimmage, develop strategy and new skills, and receive coaching during these sessions to prepare them for tournament play. All should be prepared to attend local weekend tournaments, including those hosted at the Avenues campus, as well as additional tournaments held at local schools 1-2 times per month. Once part of the Avenues Chess Team, the school will provide coaches for the four major tournaments per year: the 2023 K-12 National Grade Championships, the 2024 NYS Scholastic Chess Championship, The 2024 K-12 National Chess Championship and the 2024 K-6 National Chess Championship. 


Registration Process

Students in grades K-12 are welcome to join the team after meeting with a Chess coach to determine their readiness for tournament play. Once your student has been invited to join the Chess Team, you can register below. In early Fall, Growing Minds will hold a Chess team meeting to provide an overview, answer questions, discuss expectations, and share the schedule for the year.

 

 

To express interest in Chess Team, please write to [email protected] with your child's full name and Chess Team in the subject line.

 

 

Total Cost for Year: $3,250 (payment plan available)

 

Tuition Includes  

  • Weekly Chess Team practice on Fridays

  • Tournament Prep Sessions

  • Team SWAG (t-shirts)

  • Team Room access at tournaments

 


 

Program Action

Chess Team

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Intro to Chess Team

 

Led by Growing Minds Chess Academy, this class is ideal for students who have mastered piece movement and the basic rules of chess, and are interested in competitive chess but not yet ready for the team. Students will be prepared for the chess team by learning tournament strategy, approaching different types of players, time management and use of chess clocks, how and when to notate, understanding how to play as a team, chess tournament etiquette, and how to focus before and after each match and outcome. Topics will include checkmate patterns, tactical motifs and chess miniatures. Critical thinking skills and pattern recognition will be developed.

 


Registration Process

Students in grades K-12 are welcome to join this class after meeting with a Chess coach. Once student has been invited to join the Intro to Chess Team, you can register below.

 

To express interest in Intro to Chess Team, please write to [email protected] with your child's full name and Intro to Chess in the subject line.

 

 

Total Cost for Year: $3,250 (payment plan available)

 

Program Action

Intro to Chess Team

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