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The Chess Club & Academy


Lower School:

Every student in Class III-V receives in-school instruction in the game of chess and is encouraged to practice at home via an online subscription for chess instruction and play. Students with an interest in elevating their chess skills to a higher level have the option to join the after-school tournament team. Competitive tournaments are ongoing, and those who participate in competition chess learn important life skills related to fair play, sportsmanship, staying calm under pressure, and having fun.

Middle & Upper School:

All students in Waterford's Middle and Upper School with an interest in learning how to play "the game of kings" are welcome to join the Chess Club. This mentored club teaches the basics and strategy of the game, while preparing students to be competitive and think logically. Members of the club meet during lunch once a week during Waterford's Fall and Winter terms. In addition, the Waterford Registrar has chess sets available to check out during lunch and free blocks. 

"The game of chess helps young people learn to concentrate, think logically, overcome obstacles, spot patterns and categorize information. It helps with the development of problem-solving skills, planning, patience, focus of thought and self-discipline. A scholastic chess club provides a challenge for students while helping build confidence and self-esteem." 
       -Chess Educators, 2018


This chess tournament team of Middle and Upper School students includes professional instruction and attendance at tournaments. The season culminates in the state chess tournament held each March. Student interest and skill informs the type, level, and frequency of instruction.