Chess for Children Classes


Big thanks for stopping by to find out a little bit more about chess.  I hope you can stay a while and that you read something that helps you make a favourable decision.

Now that you’re here it’s quite possible that you’ll get enough information to help you decide to encourage your child or a young person you know to start learning how to play chess. It really is a great game, to play so I hope what you read will be useful to you.

Did you know that there’s lots of research that outlines how children who learn chess perform better in school, have improved calculating ability, are more imaginative, creative, and self-motivated? Chess also helps to improve decision-making and children naturally learn to make better choices.  Chess also challenges both girls & boys of all abilities to think differently and to explore their ideas to see if they’ll work out.  And that makes chess fun and easy to learn and play.

chess for children south eastWhen your child joins one of the clubs, they’ll learn the basic rules of chess and how each chessman moves and captures. Once they become comfortable with this they’ll learn how to start a game and be shown how to attack, defend and a few ‘checkmate’ techniques that help them win games.  Lessons are conducted using a ‘hang up’ demonstration chessboard as this helps to encourage questions and discussions and also helps to improve concentration, visualisation and focusing abilities.

I use chess to strengthen children’s minds as it’s one of the best board games that can help to develop logical, precise thinking. Your child will get better at analysing problems and working out chess puzzles too. They will become more patient and develop sharper memories – all of which improves communication, builds their confidence and their self-esteem.  And these soft skills will be useful to them in real life situations as they mature and grow.  So if you think your child might benefit from learning chess and you’d like them to give chess a try, there are 5 clubs in SE London, one in NW London, and one in SW London they could normally join. But due to the COVID -19 pandemic a few clubs are closed until further notice.  Below is a list of the clubs and classes I run, which are open, so please check these out to see which one suits you best. Then just give me a call when you’re ready to let me know you’re coming, or just drop by when you can and I’ll see you all there when you bring your child along..

The Wednesday club and the Saturday club will be open during half-term week

Orchard Gardens Chess Class (Home schooled children only)
Orchard Gardens Community Centre, Columbine Way, Lewisham SE13 7LQ
This class is closed until further notice.

Norbury Juniors Chess, Cassandra Centre
1433a London Road, Norbury, SW16 4AW
(above Lloyds Bank, side entrance on Stanford Road)
Mondays 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm, £10.00 per session
This club is closed until further notice

Heron Juniors Chess, Herne Hill Baptist Church
Enter at the front of the church
Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, SE24 9HU
Tuesdays 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm, £10.00 per session (OPEN as usual)

Gambit Juniors Chess, Eltham Park Baptist Church
The Friendship Centre, Glenure Road, Eltham, SE9 1JE
Wednesdays 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm, £10.00 per session (OPEN as usual)

Think & Move Juniors Chess, The Unity Centre
103 Church Road, Harlesden, NW10 9EG
Thursdays 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm, £8.00 per session
This club is still closed until further notice

Brambleberry Juniors Chess, Glyndon Community Centre
75 Raglan Road, Plumstead, London SE18 7LB
Fridays 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, £10.00 per session
This club is closed unti further notice

Noakes Hall Juniors Chess, St Hilda’s Church
In the Parish Room at the rear of the church.
Courtrai Road, Crofton Park, SE23 1PL
Saturdays 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, £10.00 per session (OPEN as usual)

For more information, please complete our enquiry form and please remember to include your
email address and a contact number.  You can also call me for a chat on 07538 035896

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south east london chess club for childrenContact Details

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And if you’ve read this far this is a good time to let you know that I really love chess and I’m passionate about teaching children and young people how to play the game. The challenge that continues to inspire and motivates me is how to communicate the benefits of learning chess to parents and teachers so that children get an opportunity to at least try chess while they are young.

I will demonstrate how learning and playing chess can help the children to improve their concentration, develop better focus and enhance their problem-solving skills.  Chess will help them to develop positive relationships and encourage them to have more patience.  Learning and playing chess will make them think before they act, plan ahead and be better able to predict the consequences of their actions.  I am confident that the experiences the children gain from participating in the Chess Project will improve their social, educational and interactive skills.