Welcome to the Club!
We’d like to welcome our new and returning club members. Chess Club Contracts should be turned in by February 1st.
Scheduled Dates for 2018-19 will be posted on the school's website calendar. Dates currently planned for Chess Club - February 8th & 22nd, March 8th, 15th, 22nd, April 12th & 26th, and May 10th
Inman Chess Club (2018-2019)
Attention 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders! If you already know how to play chess, or if want to learn how to play, you may want to consider joining Inman’s Chess Club. This is an extracurricular club that meets after school on specific Fridays. Chess is a fascinating game of quiet concentration, which allows students to develop the following: focus, problem solving skills, strategic planning, offensive and defensive maneuvering, patience, respect and sportsmanship, as well as many other skills and traits. Club members will learn and practice the game through friendly games and competitions. Meetings will last for approximately one hour, from 2:20 - 3:20 p.m. Transportation will NOT be provided, so someone must be able to pick you up by 3:30 p.m. each Friday. Meetings are always optional! If you are not able to attend, it’s no problem at all! Just be sure to notify the school or club in writing.
It will be assumed that every chess club member is staying for each meeting unless otherwise noted (by written notice, e-mail, call, etc.). If your child is NOT planning on staying after school on any given Friday, you MUST let us know prior to dismissal on Friday. Any student that is not picked up by 3:40 p.m. will automatically be placed in the After School Program (ASP) as an emergency drop-in, and the parent(s) will be charged the hourly/daily rate.
Good conduct and appropriate behavior are also mandatory at all times during Chess Club meetings, and the Fayette County Student Code of Conduct will be strictly enforced. Any student that demonstrates inappropriate conduct and/or irresponsible behavior will be removed from the Chess Club.
There is no fee for joining the Chess Club! However, donations are always welcomed, and we hope to host at least one open chess tournament during the year to raise money for purchasing game clocks and/or more tournament sets.
If you would like to join the club, please complete the following form, and return it to Mrs. Keller or your homeroom teacher by February 1st. Thanks!
So, to summarize:
- Attendance each week is totally optional, but your parent must inform the school if you are not attending.
- You can see which dates we will have Chess Club on the Inman Elementary website www.fcboe.org/ies
- Late pick-ups (after 3:40) WILL go to ASP, and you may be charged applicable fees
- Dates currently planned for Chess Club - February 8th & 22nd, March 8th, 15th, 22nd, April 12th & 26th, and May 10th
Inman Chess Club Agreement
Student’s Name ____________________________ Grade: ______ HR Teacher_____________
Parent/Guardian ________________________________ Phone Number ___________________
Parent/Guardian ________________________________ Phone Number ___________________
Parent(s) Email ___________________________________________________________________
Transportation: _____ ASP ______ Car _____ Bus (Number: #_____)
Emergency Contact (other than parent) in case parent(s) cannot be reached:
Name & Relationship ____________________________ Phone Number ___________________
Having read the “Inman Chess Club (2018-2019)” informational handout, I fully understand that Inman’s Chess Club is extracurricular in nature, and that participation is completely optional. It is my responsibility to inform the school/club if my child will not stay after school for any meeting(s) or if there is any change in transportation plans. I also understand and agree that I must provide timely transportation for my child at the designated pick-up time, which is no later than 3:30 p.m. on the day of meetings. If my child is not picked up by 3:40, I hereby give my permission for them to be placed in the After School Program (ASP) as an emergency drop-in, and I will be charged the hourly/daily rate as required. I also understand that good conduct and appropriate behavior are mandatory at all times during Chess Club meeting, and the Fayette County Student Code of Conduct must be strictly adhered to by all students. Any student that demonstrates inappropriate conduct and/or irresponsible behavior will be removed from the Chess Club.
Parent Signature: _____________________________ Date: ___________________
Student Signature: ____________________________ Date: ___________________
The following people have permission to pick up my child from Chess Club:
Clayton County Chess Tournaments - These are optional, of course, on the first Friday of each month beginning at 5:30 - but they are a great experience! Click here for more info - http://tinyurl.com/claytonchessform
2019 Clayton County Tournament Dates -
Friday, February 1st, 5:30 - 9:30 pm
Friday, March 1st, 5:30 - 9:30 pm
Friday, April 12th, 5:30 - 9:30 pm
Friday, May 3rd, 5:30 - 9:30 pm
* Another Fun opportunity for those who wish to attend - Free Chess Club Meetings held at the Bridge Community Center in Peachtree City.
Last I heard, they are held the last Tuesday each month from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. It is open to all who want to play chess.
The US Chess Federation holds a National Chess Tournament during Mother's Day weekend each year. This is a wonderful opportunity for the players that have attended and enjoyed competing in some of our local tournaments. This offers a chance for the students to compete against some very experienced players from all over the United States. The parents must provide transportation, meals, and hotel accomodations for the tournament which is offered at a discounted rate for chess players. ( $166 per night plus taxes & fees) The link for the tournament information ishttp://www.uschess.org/tournaments/2019/elem/. If you are interested in finding out more - feel free to send an email my way. firstname.lastname@example.org Tournament registration is $50 currently, and the students will need to be members of the US Chess Federation which carries an annual fee, as well. While this is quite expensive, it is a great trip!
There is no cost for joining the Inman Chess Club. We hope to host at least one tournament this year, to raise funds for purchasing supplies (primarily game clocks, batteries, replacement pieces, and tournaments). More info to come!
This year, I will use a program called “Remind” to communicate information to club members and their parents. Remind (formerly Remind 101) allows me to send updates, alerts, and reminders via text message and email.
I highly encourage club members and parents to make use of free online tools or resource for learning more about chess. One great site is www.chesskid.com. There are also plenty of instructional videos on youtube.com, but students should be supervised by an adult when searching and/or viewing YouTube.
- A weekly transportation note is not necessary if you are attending chess club.
- Attendance each week is totally optional, BUT...
- It's assumed that chess club members ARE staying after unless told otherwise, and...
- A reminder will be sent home for any week that chess club will not meet (i.e. tournaments)
- Note: Late pick-ups (after 3:40) will still go to ASP, and you may be charged applicable fees.
"Chess teaches foresight, by having to plan ahead; vigilance, by having to keep watch over the whole chess board; caution, by having to restrain ourselves from making hasty moves; and finally, we learn from chess the greatest maxim in life - that even when everything seems to be going badly for us we should not lose heart, but always hoping for a change for the better, steadfastly continue searching for the solutions to our problems."
- Benjamin FranklinChess Tournament News:Congrats to Inman's 2018 Chess Team for attending the National Chess Tournament in Nashville, TN. We are so proud of our current and former Inman students Allie Ball, John Carter Keller, Matthew Keller and Lockie Morton for competing with students from all over the country! Wow! So brave!Congrats to Inman's 2017 Chess Team for attending the Super National Chess Tournament in May! We are proud of you! Inman players - Allie Ball, Lockie Morton, Gavin Frasier, John Carter Keller and Matthew Keller. Ths SUPER Nationals includes elementary, middle and high school students, and is a much greater challenge than a National Tournament especially once rated. According to US Chess, "SuperNationals VI is the largest rated tournament in history, with the final tally at 5577." Wow - how brave are our 5 kiddos to brave so many rated players. Many of the matches were played against middle school students, and our players had some wins, some losses, and even a stalemate. Wow! Way to rise to the challenge!
Congratulations to our students that competed in the tournament at Trinity Christian School in March - so exciting to bring home a trophy!!
Thank you for supporting Inman's own Chess Tournament May 5, 2017!
AWESOME CHESS NEWS!!! - Inman placed 4th in the National Chess Tournament in Nashville, TN!! You can find this article in The Citizen, as well!
May 6th, 7th, and 8th, six of our Inman Chess Club members travelled to Nashville, TN to compete in the K-6 National Chess Championships. We all stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, which is where the competition was held. It was our first time ever competing in a large, official event such as this. The tournament was USCF (United States Chess Federation) sanctioned, and there were approximately 2400 elementary and middle school students from across the U.S. and other countries competing in various skill-level brackets. Since this was our first time playing in a USCF event, our team battled it out against 11 other teams in the "Unrated" bracket . We went for the experience, with no real expectations other than learning and having fun. However, our students brought their best, played their hearts out, and we won 4th place! They awarded us a huge team trophy, and each player received a plaque. It was a remarkable achievement, and I'm so proud of them! I'm also very grateful to the parents and grandparents that sacrificed a significant amount of time & money, provided their own travel & accommodations, and served as full-time chaperones for 3 full days and nights. They helped make our dream and vision a reality, and I can't them enough. We hope our experience and accomplishment will motivate others to take up the game, join the Inman Chess Club, and participate in chess tournaments. Check out the team standings here! We are so very proud of our Inman players placing 4th in a National Chess Tournament!
Press Release from Inman's First trip to Nashville for the Naional Chess Tournament - http://bit.ly/2b0ezhfThey went for the experience of a national chess competition, but ended up walking away with one of the top placements in their skill-level bracket.Chess Team Earns a Top Placement at National Tournament.Six members of the Inman Elementary Chess Club competed in the 2016 K-6 National Chess Championships in Nashville, Tennessee, and placed fourth in their first official national tournament sanctioned by the United States Chess Federation (USCF).The team members are Dean Hales, Gavin Frazier, John Carter Keller, Allie Ball, Bryce Bennett, and Lockie Morton. They battled against 11 others in the “Unrated “ bracket, reserved for those with no prior experience playing in a USCF event. The team received a trophy for the fourth place victory, and each member was presented with a plaque.Their coach and founder of the Inman Elementary Chess Club, Charlie Harper, says the students brought their best and played hard to earn one of the top awards at their first national event.“We went for the experience, with no real expectations other than learning and having fun. It was a remarkable achievement, and I am so proud of them,” says Harper. “I hope our experience and accomplishment will motivate others to take up the game and join the Inman Chess Club.”Approximately 2,400 elementary and middle school students from across the United States and other countries competed in the championship.Harper says he also wants to commend the parents and grandparents of the team members who sacrificed a lot of time and money, providing their own transportation and accommodations, and serving as fulltime chaperones for three full days and nights.“They helped make our dream and vision a reality, and I can’t thank them enough,” he says.