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A USCF and C&O
sponsored web site.
Basic rules, piece
names and moves,
as well as other
basics for new, or
novice, players are
covered on this free,
inter-active site from
Chess Magnet School.

Parent Packet
Important Information
for chess parents.

(for recording
chess moves).

Large Scoresheet
for young players
(30 moves 8.5 x 11")

Medium Scoresheet
(60 moves 8.5 x 11")

Small scoresheets
(60 moves 5.5 x 8.5")
tournament size
2 per page Registration Instructions

All C&O students should register on to access additional instruction, and regular practice with other students and staff.

 ESSENTIAL CHESS CURRICULUM SUMMARIES (Students should all have these print-outs.)

Chess Notation

Opening Basics

The 10 Bad Moves




C&O Family Chess Center
Scholastic Programs
(Including Home-School Programs)
& Registration Forms 

(Last update 7/29/18)

Omar Pancoast III, Director
Carolyn B. Pancoast, Program Director

Coach Omar at Spark Matsunaga ES                                                                                      April, 2008  C&O-FCC

    This page is especially for parents of students enrolled in our many scholastic programs, including "Online Chess Clubs" and the Saturday Morning Chess Club (SMCC). Other interested individuals are welcome to make use of all information as well.  On this website parents may also find information about, and links to, many other chess events, programs, and websites.  If you ever have any questions or news about your school program, or to discuss any other chess matter, please send us an E-mail.  On this page you will find the following sections:

What Parents Should Know About Our Programs!


   Scholastic Online-Club (on Registrations

What Parents Should Know About Our Programs:
(Essential Information about snow days & absences, program objectives,
student responsibilities,, downloads, etc.) 

Requirements for registration.

    All new students are encouraged to know the basic rules and moves before attending class. This basic knowledge is available at no charge on our website and our ‘practice site’ (  Students who have not yet learned these basics may not be fully involved until they have done so.

     C&O Family Chess Center offers unique programs aimed at nurturing a love of the game of chess, and offering students and families the means to develop their skills to the highest levels.  Parents are essential for encouraging students to practice regularly on and to come to class on time and prepared.  We will create a free ‘’ account for each new student. Parents must ‘activate’ the account using their club-contact E-mail once it has been created. This ‘between classes’ portion of the club is essential for the full benefit of our program. 

Contact the center if you have further questions.

Snow Days and Absences
     C&O Family Chess Center follows the Montgomery County Public School policy for snow days and other such closings. If MCPS opens late our morning programs are cancelled.  If they close early our afternoon programs are cancelled.  Under such circumstances students are requested to go online with their accounts and practice with "live-" or "online-chess." Coaches may be online, as well, for questions and other chess chat.  The same opportunities are often available on scheduled school closing days and Holidays.  Absences due to weather or illness may be made up at the Saturday Morning Chess Club in Lakeforest Mall. See your coach for details.


NOTICE - Many clubs fill early. Please call the center at 301-963-9122 (M-F, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) to check.

Saturday Morning Chess Club (SMCC)  (9:00-10:45 AM) 
                 At Lakeforest Mall - Year Round     

C&O Family Chess Center Online-Membership  
                 Year Round    

Home-School Group  (To Be Arranged)
                 At the Chess Center - Year Round       

NOTE: Some class details may get modified due to MCPS changes.

Beall E.S.  (Fridays PM)
                 Fall 2018
, Winter/Spring 2019

Belmont E.S.  (Tuesdays PM)
                  Fall 2018, Winter/Spring 2019     

College Gardens E.S.  (Tuesdays AM)
                  Fall 2018, Winter/Spring 2019    
Diamond E.S.  (Mondays AM)
                  Fall 2018, Winter/Spring 2019       

Fallsmead E.S.  (Thursdays PM)
                  Fall 2018, Winter/Spring 2019       
Rachel Carson E.S.   (Wednesdays PM)
                  Fall 2018, Winter/Spring 2019

Ritchie Park E.S.  (Mondays PM)
                  Fall 2018, Winter/Spring 2019

Ronald McNair E.S.  (Fridays PM)
                  Fall 2018, Winter/Spring 2019         
Sherwood E.S.  (Wednesdays AM)    
                 Fall 2018, Winter/Spring 2019        
Spark Matsunaga E.S. (Fridays AM)       
                  Fall 2018, Winter/Spring 2019         
William Gibbs E.S. (Thursdays PM)
                  Fall 2018, Winter/Spring 2019           

Scholastic Online-Club (on Registrations
(These schools do not have an "in-school" C&O Family Chess Center program)

Julius West M.S. Online Chess Club  

Quince Orchard H.S. Online Chess Club  

Roberto Clemente M.S. Online Chess Club  


"Chess Makes You Smarter!"                                                                       Fields Road E.S.      C&O-FCC

   C&O Family Chess Center conducts scholastic chess programs which fit a variety of schedules.  Club programs may be scheduled both before and after school as openings allow.  Academic chess programs may also be scheduled during the day for both schools and home-school groups.  Evening and weekend programs for schools and other groups may be scheduled, either at the Center, Lakeforest Mall or at other sites.  All scheduling is done through Carolyn Pancoast, our Program Director, at

    If you are not already registered in a program and part of our C&O information network please fill out our Information Form to ensure prompt notification of chess information and events relative to your children's scholastic chess program or individual progress.  Remember, E-mail is our direct link to you and information sent home through the schools does not always arrive in a timely fashion.

    If you have any problems with the links, or the programs, please contact us.

Program Objectives

    Our scholastic chess programs are oriented toward students of beginner and intermediate skill level.  Many parents are already aware of the variety of benefits for their children from participation in an organized chess program that includes instruction and study as well as play.  There are many free curriculum summaries and printouts on our "Students I & II" pages.  We welcome suggestions for topics of interest or questions about any aspects of our programs.

As teachers, we at C&O have several objectives:

1.     All participants should have fun.  Chess at its most basic level is simply a game to be enjoyed. This enjoyment is essential to students' continued participation in organized chess and advancement to ever higher skill levels.  

2.     All students should have the opportunity to develop their chess skills as far as they can.  Toward that end we provide study materials appropriate to different levels of understanding and mastery as well as access to a practice site ( for informal and serious practice with coaches, classmates and other C&O chess students,.  Chess "Levels" vary and are not a function of age or grade. provides a variety of "results based," numerical ratings, to guide one's progress in different areas.

3.     Students should be made aware of their progress (or lack of) in such a way as to help correct problems or to seek more challenging competition.  This is the purpose of our estimated club-rating system and the performance-based ratings.  Club-ratings allow us to make fair pairings, challenging to both players, and to determine the kinds of individual instruction that may be needed.  Our club and are analogous to "official" USCF ratings and many of our students also have these.

4.     We believe parents should have access to our teaching materials and other information that will help them to understand (and assist in) their children's progress. We welcome volunteers with some basic knowledge of chess in our programs.  Parents are encouraged to use the free Learn To Play site, and access the downloads on the Students I  and Students II web-pages, and create their own accounts on to improve their own knowledge and assist their children.  Parents should also monitor their children's use of, and progress on

Student Responsibilities and

    On our student pages we list things that we expect each student to do and items they should have at home, or bring to class, each week.  While we support parent efforts to oversee this aspect of chess club we want to encourage you to help your children meet these responsibilities on their own, as much as possible. We also request that parents register their children on so that they may participate in regular practice when not in class. accounts should have a parental E-mail as contact, NOT a child's E-mail!  Each user must have a separate account with a different adult E-mail.

Teaching Materials and Other Downloads

    We link most of our classroom study materials to the "Student Pages" of this website. Portions of our Chess Journal and other supplementary materials are currently available to you and your children as .pdf files for direct download. Additional materials will be added as they are published. We will no longer be making them available as in-class handouts on a regular basis, so you should help your students become familiar with the process of opening and printing these publications. These materials are copyrighted and intended for personal use only.  Parents, teachers, and coaches are welcome use these materials, as well. We hope that teachers and coaches who find the materials useful will obtain written permission for reproduction (available from the center for a small donation). 


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