Bergman Academy Chess Club

Starting this semester, club will be divided into two skill levels and will now meet 15 times instead of 12. This will allow us to help the Level I students master the basics of chess, while the Level II students build on their current skills. Please read through the description of each level below and select the Level that is appropriate for your student’s chess experience. Both Levels will meet on 15 Thursdays from 3:35pm – 4:35pm.

     1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23,  3/2, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/18, MAKE UP 5/25

Space is limited to 20 students for each level. Chess club does not meet when school is not in session or dismisses early. Registration fee is $75 per student. Students can be registered by filling out the form below, or by returning the registration form below to the school office. Credit or Debit payments are accepted through paypal in our online store by clicking register above. Cash or Check payments can be sent with the registration form to the school office. Please make checks payable to Bill Broich. For more information contact Katie Freerksen at


*FULL REGISTRATION CLOSED* Level I  taught by Bill Broich

(K-3) No previous chess experience is required but preparation is encouraged*. In Level I students will master the rules of chess, know how to record their games, memorize simple checkmates and chess terms, and develop an understanding of basic strategic concepts. Students who are able to attend Level I for multiple years will gain the ability to teach others the rules of chess.


*An extra club meeting will be held on Thursday January 19th (one week early) for Level I students with little or no chess experience. This club will be entirely devoted to teaching how the pieces move, check, and checkmate. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend and learn with their student.

*FULL REGISTRATION CLOSED* Level II taught by Jim Freerksen

(4th-8th) Students must have a basic understanding of Level I chess skills**. In Level II students will learn tactics, openings, pawn structure, and common endgames while reinforcing and expanding on their Level I knowledge. Students in Level II will also develop transferable life skills such as self-discipline, concentration, long term planning, and the ability to learn from their mistakes.


**For some students in the 4th-8th grade, chess club will be more enjoyable if they fine-tune their skills for a semester or two in Level I before entering Level II. If you have concerns please explain in the chess description box and you will be contacted with a response via e-mail.