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Chess Lessons

A new session of Chess Lessons with instructor Theo Poulos will begin on Friday, December 6, 2013.  

Our mission is to help children improve academic skills, memory, focus, and confidence through playing chess and having fun. Students will enjoy playing chess with fellow classmates.

As the club and its members master these skills, they will move to tournaments both here and around the Chicagoland area. Students will have an opportunity to test and showcase their skills in front of teachers, peers, and parents.

Who: Grade 1 and up

Where: Mancini Library, Alumni Hall

When: Fridays, 3:10-4:30 p.m.

Cost: $150 for 10 weeks

          $285 for 20 weeks

Session 3 begins March 7, 2014.


Theo Poulos has been a chess teacher since 2007. A life long enthusiast of the game, Theo strongly believes in the importance of scholastic chess instruction to help students develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. He is a United States Chess Federation Certified Chess Coach and former tournament player. Prior to chess education, Theo was an English/Language Arts teacher. He has combined his professional training as a teacher with his understanding of chess to produce a cutting edge chess curriculum. He is proud to be a part of the Morgan Park Academy community.

Theo’s innovative method of teaching chess is based on a finely tuned curriculum. Every lesson has an objective which features step by step instruction of chess principles, tactics, and strategies. Each acquired skill builds on the previous one allowing students to reach discernible benchmarks of chess understanding. In addition to the formal instruction, every class allows students the opportunity to put theory into practice by playing matches with their peers. Students with no prior chess background will quickly learn the rules of the game; intermediate students will increase their understanding of chess tactics; and advanced students will study the games of the great chess masters.

Please complete the following information to register for Chess Lessons:

For programs that require pre-payment, like this one, we require payment at the time of registration. Please check the box, then enter your email address below, click Submit, and you'll be taken to our secure payment form.

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