Silver Knights has taught chess in elementary schools and summer camps since 2006. We have taught tens of thousands of students to love the game. Some of our students have become state and even national champions, but mostly they've just been regular kids who had fun, learned a new skill, and made some new friends.
Here is some more information about our various chess programs:
Chess Clubs: Chess clubs typically meet for one hour per week, either before or after school. Silver Knights clubs split time between lesson and play. Lessons range from learning the rules to advanced tournament strategies, depending on the skill level of the children. Play time is structured to pair each student against an opponent of similar skill. For more information, please read the FAQ and our Policies and Procedures.
Chess Camps: Our chess camps are a great way to spend a week playing and learning chess! Campers are broken up into groups by skill level, so we accept anyone from total beginners up through experienced tournament players. Each camper receives a T-shirt and choice of a tournament-style chess set or a coupon for a free tournament. Activities include learning openings, tactics, endgames, studying master games, playing games against fellow students, and analyzing the students’ games. Campers will take periodic breaks for snacks and fresh air, and full-day campers have lunch and recess from 12:00 – 1:00.
Chess Tournaments: Chess tournaments are typically one-day weekend events. Tournaments are a great way for children to practice what they learn in chess club, and it doesn't hurt that they can win trophies! For more information and scheduling check out our tournaments page. Our tournaments are beginner friendly, and hundreds of students every year play in their first tournament ever with us. To stay up to date, sign up for our monthly(ish) Tournament Newsletter!
Chess Tournament Training: Tournament Training is a great next step for students who are near the top of their school club and want more of a challenge, or for any students that really want to work hard at improving their game. These classes meet for two hours per week, year-round. Each week, the participants play a rated tournament game with a clock which they write down (notate). After the games, the students analyze their games as a group with a highly rated coach. A number of state and national champions have gotten their starts in these classes. For more information, check out the Tournament Training page!