The lockdown restrictions have changed and I’m pleased to say that I will reopen only four of my junior clubs from Monday 19th April 2021.
I’d like to thank you for stopping by to find out a little bit more about junior chess. I hope you can stay a while and that you’ll find something to help you make up your mind about choosing a junior chess club for your child, so they might start learning how to play now that the current lockdown rules have changed.
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 join one of my junior chess clubs and start learning how to play chess. It really is a great game to play, so I hope what you read here will be useful to you.As one of the most popular board games in the world, playing chess can really help young people to develop a positive attitude to learning. Click To Tweet
Chess is an ancient board game that will test your child’s thinking abilities. It’s been a favourite game that children have played all over the world for many years. New players can start learning at any one of my junior clubs from 6 years old and progress to a reasonable standard after a short while. 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 junior 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 usually 7 junior clubs in SE, NW and SW London they could normally join. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic all the clubs are closed until further notice. Below is a list of the junior clubs and classes I run, so check these out to see which one suits you best until I reopen the others. 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.
Junior chess clubs locations
Orchard Gardens Junior Chess Class (Home schooled children only)
Orchard Gardens Community Centre, Columbine Way, Lewisham SE13 7LQ
Mondays 10.30 am to 11.30 am, £5 per session
This class is closed until further notice.
Heron Junior 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
This club will reopen on 20th April 2021
Gambit Junior 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
This club will reopen on 21st April 2021
Think & Move Junior 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 closed until further notice
Brambleberry Junior 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 will reopen on 23rd April 2021
Noakes Hall Junior 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
This club will reopen on 1st May 2021
Remember, whenever you’d like your daughter or son to start learning how to play, just let me know as places are available all year round. And if you’d like more information, please complete the enquiry form and include your email address and a contact number. You can also call me for a chat on 07538 035896
Richard Weekes Chess Academy
Telephone : 07538 035896
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Some Benefits of Playing Chess
Playing chess improves children’s minds!
Besides being a great game that is easy to learn and fun to play, chess is considered to be quite beneficial to the mind? This is because children learn many skills and techniques that can also be applied to other aspects of their life.
Chess is an educational game!
Chess teaches children to take responsibility for their actions and this encourages them to have patience, to think before they act, to plan ahead and to predict the consequences of their actions.
Chess trains them to cope and work well under pressure and to hold their nerve.
Chess can enhance your child’s problem-solving and analytical skills.
Chess will encourage them to explore new ideas, to be inventive and creative, and to use their imagination. Chess also improves children’s thinking skills.
Chess improves many other mental capacities such as concentration, visualisation, organisation, logical and abstract reasoning, and critical thinking.
Chess encourages self-improvement as there is always more knowledge to acquire and new skills to be learnt.
Chess teaches children how to win graciously and to learn from any mistakes they make when they lose games.
And, of course, winning at chess improves their self-confidence and self-esteem and gives children a great sense of achievement when they outsmart opponents.
Finally, chess is cheap and it costs very little to play. It’s a game your child will enjoy for the rest of their life.
Remember, there are many ways to succeed in chess as it develops many talents and skills.
Memory, visualisation and pattern-recognition are three of the most important skills that your child will use to succeed when playing chess.