Wow! We had an unexpected number of new faces this week. Three first graders and one Kindergarten member learned names of pieces, how to set up the board and how to move individual pieces. We are reaching a point where we have to separate new players and teach them strategy from ground up. At this point, we are just trying to accomodate the brand new players with the basics so they have the right foundation for more concepts like values of pieces, castling and opening strategies.
Parents continue to help in strong numbers as we managed to have 4 additional parents in addition to Mr. Adams (6th grade teacher) and I. We were down to one chess set left (out of 20) so there's definitely a big push of new players coming through.
Over the next few weeks, we will try to assess player levels for matches and to separate into different groups for level-appropriate lessons.