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Cowles Montessori Chess Club

Welcome to the Cowles Montessori chess club page!

Chess is a valuable skill that can boost confidence, as well as focus, analytical thinking, and problem solving skills. It is a great opportunity to learn good sportsmanship and courtesy as well.

There will be three 8 week sessions. Chess Club will be on Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Chess Club does not meet when school is not in session or dismisses early. There will be two levels of club, divided by grade. Space is limited to 12 students in Level 1 and 20 students in Level 2. Mott’s Fruit snacks will be provided for each student at every club meeting. If your student(s) has allergies or dietary restrictions, please note this in the registration form and feel free to send a snack from home.


Registration fee is $77 per session for the first student and $67 for each additional student per session. Registration includes a Gold membership. Any student wishing to play in a US Chess Rated tournament will receive a free US Chess Membership also. Registration and payment is accepted through the form below. Please contact us at if you have any questions or concerns.

Level 1  led by Katie Freerksen


No previous chess experience is required but preparation is encouraged. First time students will master the rules of chess, piece movement and chess terms. Returning students will work on mastering piece movement, learning check mating strategies and basic piece development goals. In Level 1 we work on the basics of chess while helping the students to understand focus, sportsmanship, respect for their opponents,  and that losing is an opportunity to learn. Students who are able to attend Level 1 for multiple sessions will gain the ability to teach others the rules of chess and will have the opportunity to learn how to record their games with algebraic notation.

Level 2   led by Jim Freerksen

3rd-8th grade or permission from Coach Jim 


Students must have a basic understanding of Level 1 chess skills**. In Level 2 students will learn tactics, openings, pawn structure, and common endgames while reinforcing and expanding on their Level 1 knowledge. Students in Level 2 will also develop transferable life skills such as self-discipline, concentration, long term planning, and the ability to learn from their mistakes.  

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