CHESS CLUB

Founded in 2011, the WPS Chess Club is a very active club affiliated to the P&C. We hold professional coaching sessions, with coaches provided by the Sydney Academy of Chess and participate in inter-school competition.

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We are open to all WPS students no matter what their Chess playing level – our aim is to promote interest and learning in Chess and related skills such as sportsmanship, strategic decision making and focus.

Don’t forget you can order equipment (chess sets etc.)

We encourage everyone involved in Chess Club to adhere to our code of conduct. Parents are expected to help supervise (not teach!) the class at least once every 2 terms, using the instructions for supervising parents .  The code of conduct, supervising instructions and latest roster can be found in the document library.

For all enquiries, offers of help or for more information, please email us at chess@wpspandc.com.au

We also have a pigeon hole, c/o WPS school office.

CHESS REGISTRATIONS

To register – please go to the registration page. If you want to pay via paypal – do so from the link on the registration page. For payment by bank transfer cheque – please use the WPS Chess Enrolment form (available in the document library) and scan and e-mail to the chess club or drop in the chess box in the office.

EVENTS, TOURNAMENTS & REPRESENTATIVE CHESS

The annual WPS Chess Championship is the culmination of the chess year. The 2016 championship will be held in Term 4.

Roll of Honour

2016 – Daniel Newman (Year 6)
2015 – Daniel Newman (Year 5)
2014 – Daniel Newman (Year 4)
2013 – Jeremy Bacon (Year 5)
2012 – Daniel Newman (Year 2)
2011 – Aryan Bhatla (Year 5)

WPS also competes in the SAC school challenge and NSW JCL interschool competition.

You can find Tournament results here.

CHESS CLASSES

Classes are run Tuesday morning before school. For all enquiries re attending Chess classes please email chess@wpspandc.com.au

We run a class competition. Latest results are available on the results page.

CHESS HOODIES NOW ON SALE

Chess Hoodie
Chess Hoodie
We have re-made the VERY popular CHESS HOODIES from 2012 . As these colder days will soon be upon us, now is the time to buy. Price is $45, which is good value as they are very well made. We only have limited stock, so if you don't get your hoodie very quickly, it's going to take about 3-4 weeks to re-make a 2nd batch.

 

HELP THE CHESS CLUB

We are still a young club and need help in many areas. If you can:

  • Join the exec.
  • Help co-ordinate some friendly inter-school games and/or exhibition games on the giant chess board;
  • Help with some of our documents & web-site content (no special web or graphic design skills needed); THEN…

please email the club NOW at chess@wpspandc.com.au

WEEKEND AND HOLIDAY FUN

We hope the Chess Club has motivated your child(ren) and you! to learn more about Chess. The following are some ideas on how to progress/support your child’s and your learning:

For those of you with workbooks, please try to go through them. The solutions are at the back, but try and make sure the answers are used for checking AFTER the best attempt has been made to answer the puzzles! There is a beginner and an intermediate workbook, so if your child has progressed through one, try the other. The order form for workbooks is on the Chess Club Documents page.

For parents who want to catch up and if your child learns audio-visually, try this video series. The link takes you straight to part 3, parts 1 & 2 are about Chess philosophy & history, if you’re interested. Progress through parts 4, 5, etc. The quality is a bit ‘squelchy’, but the video provides texts of the lessons as well (to the right of the screen), for anyone with hearing difficulty.

If you don’t have a Workbook and you want to teach / guide kids to improve, there are websites with handouts / lesson guides. Some we’ve found:

http://www.rockfordchess.org/instruction/

http://www.chesskids.com/lessons04.shtml

… and a game to play through:

http://www.chessvariants.com/chess4kids.dir/game2/game2_0.html

They’re being borrowed almost continually, but try to get one of the Chess books that the WPS library does have. Feel free to donate more. Some titles (not many are in the WPS library …yet) that have been highlighted to us are:

  • 606 puzzles for chess nuts
  • Beginning Chess play
  • Cool Chess
  • Hot Chess
  • Kasparov Chess Challenge
  • The winning way
  • 101 puzzles for beginners
  • Tactical Chess Training
  • Winning Chess move by move

Also have a look at these chess book sites for more info:

Sydney Academy of Chess

Chess Australia

Chess Discount Sales

Keep watching the Sydney Academy’s site for info on the latest events or even to play live online at  http://www.sydneyacademyofchess.com.au/onlinereadme1.html

CONTACTING THE CHESS CLUB

If you’d like to know more about the Chess Club you can contact the committee on chess@wpspandc.com.au

Contact details for the Chess committee in 2014 are:

Position Holder Mobile Email
Chess Convenor Nathan Isterling 0411 411 412 chess@wpspandc.com.au
Assistant Convenor Sharon Blayney 0418 227 034 chess@wpspandc.com.au
Secretary Chris Bennetts 0403 460 064 chess@wpspandc.com.au
Treasurer Catherine Lloyd 0408 002 841 chess@wpspandc.com.au
Competition Supervisor Melonie Bayl-Smith 0425 264 283 chess@wpspandc.com.au