Saturday Morning Junior Chess Class

Teaching children to play chess promotes their intellectual and social development.

When: Saturday morning during school term, 10am - 12am (see dates below)
Contact: Elizabeth Warren (0400 405 220, elizabethlaurenwarren@gmail.com)
Coaches: Jack Puccini, Ari Dale, Julia Ryjanova
Cost: Casual: $17/class (members), $20/class (non-members). Pre-pay term: $15/class (members)
Ages: 5 - 12 years old

2018/19 Christmas Holiday Program

Saturday morning chess classes are on during the Christmas holidays. Casual rates apply.

22nd Dec, 10am - 12am
29th Dec, 10am - 12am
5th Jan, 10am - 12am
12th Jan, 10am - 12am
19th Jan, 10am - 12am
No class: 26th Jan - NO CLASS DUE TO AUSTRALIA DAY WEEKENDER

2019 Program (Beginner & Advanced Classes)

2019 Term 1 (9 classes, $135 for term)

Week 1: 2nd Feb, 10am - 12am
Week 2: 9th Feb, 10am - 12am
Week 3: 16th Feb, 10am - 12am
Week 4: 23rd Feb, 10am - 12am
Week 5: 2nd Mar, 10am - 12am
Week 6: 9th Mar, 10am - 12am
Week 7: 16th Mar, 10am - 12am
Week 8: 23rd Mar, 10am - 12am
Week 9: 30th Mar, 10am - 12am

Casual rates holiday program for the following dates

6th Apr, 10am - 12am
13th Apr, 10am - 12am
20th Apr, 10am - 12am

2019 Term 2 (7 classes, $105 for term)

No class: 27th Apr - NO CLASS DUE TO ANZAC DAY WEEKENDER
Week 1: 4th May, 10am - 12am
Week 2: 11th May, 10am - 12am
Week 3: 18th May, 10am - 12am
Week 4: 25th May, 10am - 12am
Week 5: 1st Jun, 10am - 12am
No class: 8th Jun - NO CLASS DUE TO VIC OPEN WEEKENDER
Week 6: 15th Jun, 10am - 12am
Week 7: 22nd Jun, 10am - 12am

Casual rates holiday program for the following dates

29th Jun, 10am - 12am
6th Jul, 10am - 12am
13th Jul, 10am - 12am

2019 Term 3 (9 classes, $135 for term)

Week 1: 20th Jul, 10am - 12am
Week 2: 27th Jul, 10am - 12am
Week 3: 3rd Aug, 10am - 12am
Week 4: 10th Aug, 10am - 12am
Week 5: 17th Aug, 10am - 12am
Week 6: 24th Aug, 10am - 12am
Week 7: 31st Aug, 10am - 12am
Week 8: 7th Sep, 10am - 12am
Week 9: 14th Sep, 10am - 12am

Casual rates holiday program for the following dates

21st Sep, 10am - 12am
28th Sep, 10am - 12am
5th Oct, 10am - 12am

2019 Term 4 (9 classes, $135 for term)

Week 1: 12th Oct, 10am - 12am
Week 2: 19th Oct, 10am - 12am
Week 3: 26th Oct, 10am - 12am
No class: 2nd Nov - NO CLASS DUE TO HJORTH WEEKENDER
Week 4: 9th Nov, 10am - 12am
Week 5: 16th Nov, 10am - 12am
Week 6: 23rd Nov, 10am - 12am
Week 7: 30th Nov, 10am - 12am
Week 8: 7th Dec, 10am - 12am
Week 9: 14th Dec, 10am - 12am (one class only due to MCC Fast Play Weekender)

Casual rates holiday program for the following dates

21st Dec, 10am - 12am
28th Dec, 10am - 12am
2020 dates TBA

Contact

Elizabeth Warren: 0400 405 220, elizabethlaurenwarren@gmail.com

Coaches

Coach - FM Jack Puccini

Jack Puccini is one of Australia's up an coming junior players. He has recently achieved his FM chess title. He started his chess at this Saturday morning class about 8 years ago, and has played overseas in many International tournaments including representing Australia in the U16 Olympiad for several years. Jack has given lectures at MCC, is an inspiring player and should be a good role model for younger kids.

Coach - IM Ari Dale

Ari is a strong experienced player who in his formative years was a regular attendee of the Saturday morning classes at the Melbourne Chess Club. In 2016 Ari won the Australian Junior Chess Championship and has represented Australia on many occasions at the World Youth Chess Championships and U16 Olympiads. In 2013 Ari won a silver medal on board 4 at the Youth Olympiad in China. Ari’s wealth of experience can help show young determined players the path to success in chess.

Coach - WGM Julia Ryjanova

Julia Ryjanova is very experienced chess player and coach. She became WGM in 2000, used to be in TOP-50 highest rated female players in the world in early 2000, reached 35th position in TOP-50 in October 2002. Julia has played in many international tournaments around the world, including Women's World Championship. She won Asian Chess Federation Women's Masters in Melbourne in 2015. Julia Ryjanova worked as a chess coach in Russia (1997-2003) and Qatar (2003-2017), she was a captain of Qatar women's team in 5 World Chess Olympiads. Julia is ready to share her knowledge with young players and help them to improve their chess skills.

About the program

Melbourne Chess Club has offered the Saturday morning program for many years as a way of introducing junior players to club level chess. The program aims to give the junior players the skills and confidence to play in tournaments at the club. In particular the Saturday Allegro and for the more enthusiastic players the open long play competitions.

Many of the strong junior players at the club have started at the Saturday morning program.


What to expect

Kids play in the spacious main hall of the club, our experienced coach explains some ideas on the demonstration board, then the kids get to play games and try to practice what they have learned.




Benefits of chess

Kids learn to focus, to analyze logically, to create plans, to weigh the consequences of their actions – all in an environment that fosters friendship, respect, and sportsmanship.

Follow this link for a study on the benefits of chess for kids.

Schools Recognize Benefits of Chess