C&O Family Chess
Online & School Programs, etc.
Scholastic Fliers & Zoom Registration
B. Ross Pancoast, Director
Omar Pancoast III, Senior Coach
Coach Omar at Spark Matsunaga ES April, 2008 C&O-FCC
SCHOOL & CLUB REGISTRATION
Online Classes (Info. & Registration)
In-School Classes (Info. &
Regist.) - Fall 2023
NOTICE - Although we have resumed classes at many
of our former schools, staff shortages and MCPS restrictions
have necessitated some significant restructuring of our
This includes expanded opportunities for more advanced
Elementary students, as well as Middle and High School
(or Home schooled) students. Advanced online registration for
in-school classes is now through the 'Sawyer' portal or the
'Kiddo' program (depending on the school). Check the
fliers below for your school. Registration
for all online classes (Zoom) is
through Sawyer (above). We
apologize for any confusion.
Schools at which we currently have programs:
Mon. AM -
Mon. PM -
College Gardens E.S.
Tue. AM -
Tue. PM -
Wed. AM -
Ronald McNair E.S.
Wed. PM -
Rachel Carson E.S.
Thu. AM -
Spark Matsunaga E.S.
Thu. PM -
Bayard Rustin E.S.
Fri. AM -
Fri. PM -
Ritchie Park E.S.
Home-School Groups -
Contact the Center
"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. Our expanded Online chess programs may also be scheduled
during the day for home-school groups.
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
and Chess.com 'Messages' are our direct link to you. 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.
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:
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.
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
great practice site, Chess.com (C.c), 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.
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 C.c-ratings are loosely analogous to "official" USCF ratings and many of our students also have these.
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,
and are always seeking coaches and/or parents interested in
part-time paid positions. Parents are encouraged to use the free
Learn To Play feature
on Chess.com, and access our own downloads on the
Students I and
Students II web-pages,
here on our site. Parents are also encouraged to create their own accounts on C.c to improve their own knowledge
and assist their children.
monitor their children's use of, and progress on C.c.
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 reqire that parents register their children on
Chess.com so that they may participate in regular practice
when not in class. C.c accounts should have a parental
E-mail as contact, NOT a school, or child's E-mail!
user must have a separate account with a different adult
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 may be added as they are published.
We will no longer make them available as in-class handouts
on a regular basis since they are now available as .pdf
downloads/printouts. You should help your students become familiar with the process of opening and printing these publications. The 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).
students are required to know the basic rules and moves
before attending class. This basic knowledge is available
at no charge here, on our website, and on our ‘practice site’
Students who have not yet learned these basics can not be
fully involved until they have done so.
students, including those registered in online Zoom programs,
are expected to participate in regular practice outside of
class. Online students are also expected to have access
to computers with full sized monitors (not smaller ipads,
tablets or phones) and a mouse rather than just a touch-pad.
Contact the center if you have further questions.
Snow Days and Absences (Not applicable for Online Sessions)
C&O Family Chess Center follows
the Montgomery County Public School policy for snow days and
other emergency 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 other students. 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 online. See your coach for details.