Chess has fascinated bright minds for centuries. Kids and kings, novices and
Grand Masters, have all been thrilled by this complex game of attack and counterattack. Chess is also a wonderful
laboratory for thinking and life skills. Students develop their capacity for independent thought, their decision
making skills, and their ability to focus on a complex task. Many students find the skills they learn playing chess
translate directly to improved academic performance, and to other aspects of life.
Some Chess Odyssey students rank among the top scholastic players in the Pacific
Northwest. (We've had the honor of training 60 Oregon Scholastic Champions in the last 15 years.) Other stu-dents
are just figuring out how the pieces move. We treasure each and every one of them. Our twin goals for all our
students are learning & laughter. Happy, excited kids having fun learning a great game with their friends are
what we are all about.
A great school chess club is built around four components: recreational play with
friends, formal competition, appropriate instruction, and skill building exercises of various kinds. To allow for
these four components, our typical club meeting is 90 minutes long. Given the dynamics of a scholastic chess club,
most instructiuon is done in a group setting, though our coaches look for "teachable moments" with an individual
student, or a small group of students. Our skill building exercises include paper based puzzles, positions to play
out against an opponent, and visualization exercises to help players track the future course of a game in their
heads. Larger clubs are divided into separate groups, each with their own coach, based on age and playing
You can information about any of our clubs, and register here.