Somerset PTSA Chess Club 2023-2024

2023-24 Chess Club will be held in person. 

Students in grades K through 5 are invited to join the Somerset Chess Club. Kindergartners should know simple math and some reading and writing. Chess is excellent at teaching children mental discipline, to look at all options, to compete under time pressure, to play fair, to learn that mistakes have consequences, to not give up when behind, and many more important life lessons. Somerset’s Chess Club has consistently performed well in state tournaments.

Chess Sessions

On Mondays, Coach Brad will lead the Beginner Group and Coach Tim will lead the Intermediate I Group.

On Tuesdays, Coach Brad will lead the Intermediate II Group and Coach Tim will lead the Advance Group.

All sessions are scheduled from 3:45pm to 5:00pm

Expected Schedule

  • 3:35pm - 3:45pm Students Check-in to their assigned Group’s classroom. Please note there will be no snack time between dismissal and start of Chess Club.
  • 3:45pm - 5:00pm Chess Club lessons, matches, etc.

Dates: Both Monday and Tuesday sessions will meet 25 times

  • Oct 23/24, 30/31
  • Nov 6/7, 13/14,  27/28
  • Dec 4/5, 11/12
  • Jan 8/9, 22/23, 29/30
  • Feb 5/6, 12/13, 26/27
  • Mar 4/5, 11/12, 18/19, 25/28
  • Apr 1/2, 15/16, 22/23, 29/30
  • May 6/7, 13/14, 20/21
  • June 3/4

Registration Process

We are sorry but registration filled up very quickly. The club is currently full. If you would like to be put on a waitlist, please fill out this form

General registration opens at 10:00am on Tuesday, October 10, 2023. This registration will be open to all families with a PTSA Membership.

Please check and update your child's grade and teacher's name prior to registration through My Account. 

Before you can register for the Chess Club, you must have an active PTSA membership. Please purchase a membership prior to starting the Chess Club registration process. Create/Renew PTSA Membership.

* Please note that students will not have a choice of group, as the coaches will assess and schedule students according to ability and class size. We will ask for your preferred class day but preference for class day and time cannot be guaranteed.



Cost: The tuition rate is $450 which includes 25 chess club sessions and Gold membership for the ChessKid website.

Not included: Extracurricular tournament registration fees if applicable (about $20 per tournament).

NO REFUNDS after registration. If COVID-19 restrictions dictate that the Chess Club moves to an on-line format after an in-person start, we  are not able to refund any portion of the tuition.

Payment Method

Tuition fee of $450 will be collected during registration. You will be redirected to PayPal at the end to submit payment information.

Parent Participation

Parents must be available to attend at least one to two chess sessions during the year for each enrolled student to assist the coaches. This participation is required. Parents will help remind students to maintain social distance, help monitor students, help to run the club, help with checkout, and make sure rooms are clean at the end of class. 

Use the following link to reserve your Parent Volunteer spots:

The SignUp Genius is set up with all the sessions for the rest of the school year. It is a first-come, first-serve basis so please sign up for the dates that work best for your schedule. After October 31st, in order for us to have at least two volunteers per session, we will assign dates to parents who have not signed up.

Parents must complete the Bellevue School District Volunteer background check and check-in at the Somerset Office on their volunteer day. 


Coach Tim and Coach 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. They 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.


Advanced Chess Coach Beginning Chess Coach Chess Club Chairs
Tim Campbell Brad Stensland Sairam and Jenny Suresh
425-777-6035 cell 425-429-2289 917-757-0937



Our mission is to support the education, health, and welfare of each and every child at Somerset Elementary School. As part of the Washington State PTA, we are a nonprofit membership association bringing together the home, school, and community on behalf of our children.