According to Educational Technologies, “Chess is an exercise of infinite possibilities for the mind, one which develops mental abilities used throughout life: concentration, critical thinking, abstract reasoning, problem solving, pattern recognition, strategic planning, creativity, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation, to name a few. Chess can be used very effectively as a tool to teach problem solving and abstract reasoning. Learning how to solve a problem is more important than learning the solution to any particular problem. Through chess, we learn how to analyze a situation by focusing on important factors and by eliminating distractions. We learn to devise creative solutions and put a plan into action. Chess works because it is self-motivating. The game has fascinated humans for almost 2000 years, and the goals of attack and defense, culminating in checkmate, inspire us to dig deep into our mental reserves.” 

The Orwell Village Chess Academy will be starting up on Monday afternoon. The Academy will be open to students in grades 5-8 each Monday and Wednesday from 3-4 from now through March. Students will be broken up into ability levels from beginner to advanced. Each session will have a 10 to 15 minute instructional component, followed by games and puzzles. The goal of the club is to share the fun and love of the game, while helping to promote intellectual growth, critical thinking, and improved academic performance.
Students who learn chess through the Chess Academy will be:
1. using their chess skills to achieve academic success,
2. more likely to attend school on a regular basis,
3. more likely to solve conflicts using peaceful means, and
4. creating lasting friendship during chess tournaments and after-school clubs.

I will be coaching the Academy. I have over 40 years of chess experience dating back to when I was a middle school student. I was a member of the Manhattan Chess Club in NYC, and participated in a simultaneous exhibition against Ljubomir Ljubojević who was a Grandmaster of chess. He was born on 2 November 1950 in Titovo Uzice, Yugoalsvia (now Užice, Serbia). Ljubojević was awarded the International Master (IM) title in 1970 and the GM title in 1971. He was Yugoslav champion in 1977 (jointly) and 1982. He won the 1974 Canadian Open Chess Championship. In 1983 he was ranked third in the Elo rating list, but he never succeeded in reaching the Candidates Tournament stage of the World Championship. Needless to say I was a poor match for Ljubomir and he successfully defeated 19 of 20 of us from the club, with one of us earning a draw.
I have a love and passion for the game that I want to share with our children.

• The Orwell Village School Chess Academy will be open to students from grades 4-8.
• The Orwell Village School Chess Academy will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays after school from 3:00 -4:00 PM. Members are not required to attend all sessions.
• The Academy will not meet on days school is not in session.
• Students must be picked up promptly at 4 PM.
• The Orwell Village School Chess Academy will participate in a chess exhibition with Castleton Middle School in March.
• Interested students can pick up a registration form in the main office, which must be completed, signed, and returned before child may participate in the Academy.

Thank you,

Patrick D. Walters

Beginning Players                                                 

1a) An Introduction to Chess                              

1b) How the Rook, Bishop and Queen Move

1c) How the King, Knight and Pawn Move        

1d) Basic Moving and Capturing

1e) Check, Checkmate and Stalemate              

1f) Pawn Promotion, Castleing, En Passant

1g) Chess Notation                                                

2a) Checkmate Pattern: King & Queen 

2b) Checkmate Pattern: King & Two Rooks     

2c) Checkmate Pattern: King & Rook Part 1

2d) Checkmate Pattern: King & Rook Part 2    

2e) Common Chess Mistakes Part 1

2f) Common Chess Mistakes Part 2                   

3a) Introduction to Tactics

3b) Tactic: Superior Force                                    
3c) Tactic: The Pin

3d) Tactic: Double Attack                                    

3e) Tactic: Knight Fork

4a) Tactic: Discovered Attack                             

4b) Tactic: Skewer

4c) Tactic: Overworked Defender                      

4d) Tactic: Removing the Guard

4e) Tactic: Deflection        

Returning Players                                                 


  - Introduction to the Dutch Stonewall
  - 1b) The Dutch Stonewall

  - 1c) The Dutch Defense (Stonewall Variation)

   - Valeri Lilov - The Dutch Stonewall 





   - Sicilian Defense: Open Sicillian


1 - Everything You Need to Know About Chess: The Opening!

2 - Everything You Need to Know About Chess: Tactics & Strategy!

3 - Everything You Need to Know About Chess: The Endgame!

4 - Everything You Need to Know About Chess: Bringing It Together!

5 - [18a] Chess Tactics: Opening Strategy [1/3]

6 - [18b] Chess - Tactics: Opening Strategy [2/3]

7 - [18c] Chess - Tactics: Opening Strategy [3/3]