Chess is a fun and serious business here--all are invited, from the beginner who wants to learn the game to the skilled player who wants a casual game. The club is held regularly throughout the school year, meeting during lunch Monday through Thursday. On Monday, there is a special meeting time for the kindergarteners and 1st graders.
Our team, the Knights, is for those who want competitive play and deeper participation in the chess program. Students must try out in order to join the team, and they make a yearlong commitment. The Knights compete in local, state, and national championship tournaments and have won many awards and trophies over the years (45 state team championships at last count), including the National Junior High Championship in 1990).
On the just-for-fun side, the annual all-school chess tournament is a beloved tradition. Open to all students, players are not required to be in the club or on the team--they just need to know the basics of the game, and it's a week of friendly competition during lunchtime. The gym is packed during that week!
In addition, we are proud to note that the Nor-Cal Girls Chess Championship was started by our own Ray Orwig, longtime director of the chess program. This annual event has grown to nearly 80 players in five divisions, from kindergarten up, and the scores count toward official standings.