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LEARN TO PLAY

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.


SCORE SHEETS
(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

 

 

Chess.com Registration Instructions

All C&O students should register on Chess.com 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 12/09/16)

Omar Pancoast III, Director
Carolyn B. Pancoast, Program Director
OPancoast3@gmail.com
 


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!
(Essential Information about snow days & absences, student responsibilities, Chess.com, downloads, etc.)
 

 
SCHOOL & CLUB REGISTRATIONS
(Club-Program forms for regular programs at schools, etc.)

   Scholastic Online-Club (on Chess.com) Registrations
(Online-Group forms for schools without regular programs)

 

 

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

Requirements for registration.

All students are expected to know the basic rules and moves before attending any class. This basic knowledge is available at no charge on our website and our "playing site" (Chess.com).  Students who have not learned these basics should not be registered until they have done so.
Parents may save on scholastic tuition by registering in advance for the entire year (three sessions). 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 Chess.com 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.

    Additional information may be found in our Parent Packet.



 
 
SCHOOL & CLUB REGISTRATIONS

NOTICE - Many clubs fill early. Please call the center at 301-963-9122 (M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) to check.

 
Saturday Morning Chess Club (SMCC)  (9:00-10:45 AM at Lakeforest Mall) 
                 Year Round - 2016/17    

C&O Family Chess Center Online-Membership (Including Chess.com) 
                 Year Round - 2016/17    

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

 
Beall E.S.   (Fridays PM)
                 Fall 2016, Winter/Spring 2017

Cedar Grove E.S.  (Wednesdays AM)
   
                 Fall 2016, Winter/Spring 2017                     

Clearspring E.S.  (Thursdays PM)
                  Fall 2016, Winter/Spring 2017     
 
College Gardens E.S.  (Tuesdays AM)
                  Fall 2016, Winter/Spring 2017    
 
Diamond E.S.  (Tuesdays AM)
                  Fall 2016, Winter/Spring 2017       
 

Goshen E.S.  (Fridays AM)
                  Fall 2016, Winter/Spring 2017    
 
 Kingsview M.S. (Wednesdays PM)
 
                 Fall 2016, Winter/Spring 2017
  
 
Rachel Carson E.S.   (Wednesdays PM)
                  Fall 2016, Winter/Spring 2017

Ronald McNair E.S.  (Fridays PM)
                  Fall 2016, Winter/Spring 2017         
 
Sherwood E.S.  (Wednesdays AM)    
                 Fall 2016, Winter/Spring 2017         
 
Spark Matsunaga E.S. (Fridays AM)       
                  Fall 2016, Winter/Spring 2017         
  
Stonegate E.S.   (Tuesdays PM)
                  Fall 2016, Winter/Spring 2017          
  
 
Thurgood Marshall E.S. (Mondays PM)
                  Fall 2016, Winter/Spring 2017          
 
William Gibbs E.S. (Thursdays PM - Note Day Change)
                  Fall 2016, Winter/Spring 2017           

Wilson Wims E.S.   (Tuesdays PM)
                  Fall 2016, Winter/Spring 2017  

         

Scholastic Online-Club (on Chess.com) 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 OPancoast3@gmail.com.

    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 (Chess.com) 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.  Chess.com 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 Chess.com 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 Chess.com-ratings 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 Chess.com to improve their own knowledge and assist their children.  Parents should also monitor their children's use of, and progress on Chess.com.

Student Responsibilities and Chess.com

    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 Chess.com so that they may participate in regular practice when not in class. Chess.com accounts should have a parental E-mail as contact, NOT a child's E-mail!  Each Chess.com 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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