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CHESS CLUB 2018-2019



  • On Mondays, the Beginners class meet in Room 208 and the Advanced class meet in the library. The Tuesday class meet in Room 208.
  • Registration for 2018-9 is now complete. A good alternative to our school chess club is the classes offered by Chess4Life. Here is their schedule for this fall: https://chess4life.configio.com/ShoppingCart.aspx?com=productlist&cid=327



  • 10/1/2018 On the first day of club (10/1 for Session I and 10/2 for Session II), all students should go to the library after class.
  • 9/21/18 General registration fills up some time during the day.
  • 9/21/18 10 am General registration links added to the top of this page. There are 24 openings in the Monday session and 23 openings in the Tuesday session after priority registration.
  • 9/21/18 Last announcement about Chess Club registration process made in PTSA weekly eNews.
  • 9/18/18 10 am Priority registration was open and would last till 9/20 10 am. It was only open to last year's Chess Club volunteers.
  • 9/14/18 Third announcement about Chess Club registration process made in PTSA weekly eNews.
  • 9/7/18 Second announcement about Chess Club registration process made in PTSA weekly eNews.
  • 8/31/18 First announcement about Chess Club registration process made in PTSA weekly eNews.


Students in grades K through 5 are invited to join the chess club.  Kindergartners should know simple math and some reading and writing. Chess is excellent at teaching kids mental discipline, to look at all their options, to compete under time pressure, to play fair, to learn that mistakes have consequences, to not give up when behind, and to learn many more important life lessons.

Meeting Times:  There will be two sessions offered this year. Session I will be held on Mondays, as in the previous years, from 3:35pm to 5:05pm. 52 students can register for session and they will be divided into 2 classes by the coaches after registration (same guidelines as in previous years):

  • Advanced class meet in the library and comprise kids that playing at a strong level.
  • Beginning class will meet in Room 208 and comprise kids new to chess or still working on the basics.

This year we are adding a Session II, which will be held on Tuesdays from 3:35pm to 5:05pm. 24 students can register and it will be a mixed level class, which will meet in Room 208. If there are less than 18 students enrolled in Session II, it may be cancelled. Each student can only sign up for one session

Dates: Both Monday and Tuesday sessions will meet 23 times in the weeks of Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 19, 26, Dec 3,10, 17, Jan 7, 14, Feb 4, 11, 25, Mar 4, 11, 25, Apr 1, 15, 22, 29.

Registration process:  The registration will be a two-stage process. The first stage is priority registration and open to last year’s club volunteers only; the second stage, generation registration, is open to all active PTSA members.  Priority registration is open between 10 am Sep 18 and 10 am Sep 20. General registration starts at 10 am on Sep 21, 2018. 

Cost: The tuition rate is $370 per student and is payable by checks only. Please write the checks out to Somerset PTSA and add your children's names and "for chess club" in the notes area so that we can track your payment. The checks are due by 4 pm on Sep 25 Tue. (I always ask my kids to drop off the checks in the front office. - Youyi) In addition, all enrolled families need to have active PTSA membership.

The tuition includes: 23 chess club sessions, a full year license fee for the chess homework website, all the chess equipment and supplies needed, handouts, in-class rewards, and year-end party. There is a small chance that this needs to be adjusted if the enrollment number is lower than expected. Not included: tournament registration fees (about $20 per tournament). No refunds after registration. 

Coach Tim Campbell will return and teach the advanced class. Coach Brad Stensland will return and teach the beginner class. Tim and Brad have over 20 years of combined chess teaching experience and are the cofounders of All About Chess. Both coaches teach openings, middle game strategies, end game principles, tactics such as pins, forks, skewers, distraction, X-rays, decoys damming, blockades, and many others.  We will cover checkmates, stalemates, how to determine when a piece is in trouble, how to escape trouble, how to attack and defend, how to look at all your options, preserve your material, improve your position, and how to compete. 

Tournaments:  Tournament participation is optional, but encouraged for those that are ready.  We will target one weekend tournament per month Nov - Apr in the greater Seattle area. Tournaments usually run from 8:30am to 4:00pm – there are 5 games, each 1 hour long – kids play all 5 games win or lose. The State Championship is April 27th, 2019 in Tacoma, WA this year - players need 3 out of 5 wins in any tournament to qualify for state. 

Homework website: We will be using the ChessMagnetSchool.com website this year. ChessMagnetSchool now supports iPhones, iPads, and Android devices (that were previously not supported).  Students should plan to do 1 hour of chess homework per week (it’s fun!). 

Please send a snack with your child, they can eat it in the first 15 minutes. Please pick up and sign out your kids promptly at 5:05 pm in their room. If your students are in the school aftercare program, their teachers will pick them up after class.

Volunteers:  Parents must be available to volunteer once during the year for each enrolled student.  No chess knowledge needed – you will be monitoring kids, helping to run the club, helping with checkout, and making sure rooms are clean at the end of the day.


Advanced Chess Coach                   Beginning Chess Coach             Chess Club Cochairs

Tim Campbell                                Brad Stensland                        Youyi Fong

425-777-6035 cell                            425-429-2289                            206-849-8414 cell        

xvegietim@comcast.net                  theallaboutschool@gmail.com   youyifong@gmail.com