Welcome to my website where you will find details about how your child or young person can be taught how to play chess.
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.
When 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 join. Below is a list of the clubs and classes I run, 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 and I’ll see you all there when you drop by.
Orchard Gardens Chess Class (Home schooled children only)
Orchard Gardens Community Centre, Columbine Way, Lewisham SE13 7LQ
Mondays 10.30 am to 11.30 am, £5.00 per session
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
Heron Juniors Chess, Herne Hill Baptist Church
Side Entrance in Winterbrook Road
Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, SE24 9HU
Tuesdays 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm, £10.00 per session
Gambit Juniors Chess, Eltham Park Baptist Church
The Friendship Centre, Glenure Road, Eltham, SE9 1JE
Wednesdays 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm, £10.00 per session
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
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
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
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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Richard Weekes Chess Academy
65 Burrage Place
London SE18 7BE
Telephone : 07538 035896
Email : rwchessacademy [@] hotmail.co.uk
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