U.S. Chess Mates - Frequently Asked Questions
WHERE DO THE CHESS CLASSES TAKE PLACE?
Our instructors hold class weekly in a designated room on your school campus.
DO THE STUDENTS NEED TO BRING ANYTHING TO CLASS?
No, U.S. Chess Mates provides everything. We will provide the chess boards and pieces. In addition every student will be
given his or her own chess workbook to be used for in class assignments.
HOW DOES CHESS CLASS WORK?
Each class begins with a 30 minute lesson. Depending on each students experience and age, they will be grouped into the
beginner, intermediate or advanced level. For the remainder of the class students will practice their skills by competing
against each other in tournament games. Once students have finished their tournament games they will be instructed to
play fun games for the remainder of the class. Once chess class is over students will be instructed to set up and put away
their chess boards. After clean up is completed students will receive their new homework and rating sheets for the week.
Students will then be dismissed once their parents come to class.
**Students may not leave class without a Parent or Guardian unless a note has been provided to allow the student to leave
class without a parent.
WHAT DO THE STUDENTS LEARN IN CLASS?
Chess is a simple game to learn but can take a lifetime to master. There are many different topics students will learn
depending on their current skill set. Students in the beginner group will learn basics such as movement, an individual piece’
s value and attack, check, checkmate, stalemate and a few basic openings. Students in the intermediate group will learn
tactics such as forks, skewers, pins, discovered attacks and double attacks as well as continued knowledge on
checkmating and openings. Students in our advanced group will learn in depth topics such as imbalances, specific
openings and their lines and harder endgame scenarios.
DO THE STUDENTS PLAY EACH OTHER IN CHESS?
After the students chess lessons, they will play a tournament game against another student within their own group. In
addition to learning how to play chess, students will learn how to play other fun chess games like bughouse, sacrifice city
and more games created by U.S. Chess Mates.
HOW DO THE STUDENTS STAY INVOLVED AND MOTIVATED?
Our classes are geared to be educational and fun. We encourage students to learn chess not just during class, but also
outside after class. Students have the opportunity to earn class points to develop their rating. Class points are interactive
chess related exercises that teach students in a different manner than in the typical classroom environment. U.S. Chess
Mates believes parents and family are an integral part for students to become successful. That is why many of the class
point exercises require parent involvement.
BEING ENROLLED IN THE CLASS, DO THE STUDENTS RECEIVE TROPHIES OR PRIZES?
Yes. Our rating program allows our students to gain points, which allows them to achieve trophies. Also we like to reward
all of our students for their hard work. At the end of the school year we will celebrate with a pizza party and a award
ceremony, where we will pass out trophies to all students enrolled in the class. Students will also have chances to win
other prizes throughout the year such as medals, posters, stickers, wrist bands, necklaces, magnets and chess sets.
DO WE PROVIDE ANY OTHER ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE OF CHESS CLASS?
Yes. Students have the opportunity to attend our tournaments. These tournaments allow students to play, and compete,
against other students they typically would not have the opportunity to play against. These students come from different
schools throughout the bay area. Our tournaments are intended to be fun and challenging. Each different tournament has a
certain theme, and students and parents are encouraged to participate along with the teachers. In addition special trophies
are given to the top winners of each group, as well as each participating student receives a trophy. Please check out our
Tournament Page to learn more about our Monthly Tournaments, or please __________________
DOES WE PROVIDE ANY CLASSES IN THE SUMMER?
We do provide classes in the summer. For more information on summer camps in your area, or any questions in general,
please contact us at (510) 648-2147 or please visit our Summer Camps Page by _____________________
I WANT MY CHILD TO JOIN THE PROGRAM, BUT WE CAN'T AFFORD THE TUITION. DO YOU OFFER
We want all students to have the opportunity to attend our class, which is why we offer financial scholarships to families
that would have difficulty paying for our program. In addition, we offer discounts to siblings enrolled in our class. To
apply for a financial scholarship call at (510) 648-2147
HOW OLD DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO BE TO PARTICIPATE IN CHESS CLASS?
U.S. Chess Mates has created a curriculum starting with children as low as 4 years old. Our program is then designed to
allow children to excel until they are ready to participate in professional tournaments. We have created some of the best
players in the nation by following our designed curriculum. We are able to teach parents as well as kids. Everyone learning
chess will love our program.
HOW DOES FRIDAY NIGHT CHESS WORK?
On Friday night we allow 30 pre registered students to come and play chess for free at our Fremont Chess Center.
Students may come and play from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. All that is needed to participate is a phone call to make sure we still
have room available. You can also purchase a dinner box for $7.00 which includes a sandwich (turkey, ham or roast beef)
a bag of chips and a bottle of water from the deli next door. To see if we have available room please call (510) 648-2147.
HOW DO WE REGISTER FOR A CHESS TOURNAMENT?
We only accept 50 students at our chess tournaments and we normally fill them throughout the year. The good news is
that we offer chess tournaments every month from October - June. In order to register you need to complete a flyer and
submit it to the teacher or through out website. You may also fax them to (510) 648-2157. Once we receive the completed
registration form we will place your child on our list. You may also call or email in advance to reserve a spot for your
child. Please email Steve@uschessmates.com or call (510) 648-2147 to reserve your spot.
DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE LESSONS?
Yes, we offer private lessons through out Fremont Chess Center or we may come to your house or designated meeting
place to teach. Private lessons are designed to take your child to the next level in chess. We have created many excellent
scholastic players and will continue to do so. Along with private lessons we offer free coaching service for outside
professional chess tournaments. To learn more about our private lessons or to receive a quote please call (510) 648-2147.
WHERE CAN WE PLAY CHESS OUTSIDE OF OUR CHESS CLASS?
U.S. Chess Mates has compiled a list of places to play chess throughout California. To learn more about where you can
play chess for fun please visit our "Places to Play" page by ____________
WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE DOES YOUR PROGRAM HAVE?
Our Owner was part of one of the best chess programs the Bay Area has ever had. Through their program he added the
first chess programs to over 100 schools in the Bay Area. Our company has been providing chess instruction and chess
learning materials for over 10 years in Northern California. To learn more about out experience or to see if your school
was started by us please visit "Our Experience" page by ______________
WE HAVE A COMPETITOR PROGRAM AT OUR SCHOOL HOW CAN WE RECEIVE INSTRUCTION FROM
If we cannot add a program to your school or center you can always play at our Fremont Chess Center or you can look
though us in your local Park and Recreation Catalog. To learn more about our center and the Park and Recreations we
work through please visit our "Contact Us" page for directions to our center and to learn more about our Park and
Recreation please visit our "Park and Recreation Page" or by _______________.
WHERE CAN WE GET A CHESS BOARD FOR OUR CHILD?
U.S. Chess Mates sells premium chess products to our customers only. You can get a customized U.S. Chess Mates
Chess Board or even get your name printed on the board. You can also order clocks and other items from our "Products"
page. You may also look around for other items like clocks, bags and workbooks. To learn more about chess products
available please ______________
HOW CAN WE BRING YOUR PROGRAM TO OUR LOCATION?
If you are a Public School, Private School or Learning Center that would be interested in offering the U.S. Chess Mates
program to your customers please feel free to contact Steve at (510) 648-2147. The steps to implementing a program is
easy. We have a four step process in adding our program.
Step 1: Agreed on a day and time that we could bring out program
Step 2: Get authorization on a finalized registration form
Step 3: Print registration forms and deliver to your site
Step 4: Do an assembly or at lunch demonstration at your location to gauge interest
IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS OR WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT US
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U.S. Chess Mates
|2012 - State Champion 1st place kinder section,
1st place grades 1-3 section 2,
Individual State Champions - undefeated 6th
grader Bharat I and undefeated David I
kindergarten state champion.
Providing professional and affordable chess instruction for over 13 years in Northern California
instruction to as many
children as possible".