The Chess Club & Academy


This fee-based chess tournament team meets year long and includes professional instruction and attendance at tournaments. The Chess Academy is designed for students whose interest in chess includes improving technique and competitive play. 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. The season highlight is the state chess tournament held each March. Student interest and skill informs the type, level, and frequency of instruction. 

Middle and Upper School students meet during lunch while the Lower School Chess Academy (Class III-V and younger students with exceptional skill) is held immediately after school.


Lower School:

Every student in Class III-V receives in-school instruction in the game of chess and is encouraged to practice at home 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 Chess Academy.

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 throughout the school year. 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