GRCC Kidz!

Do you have a child that would be interested in joining the Grand Rapids Chess Center? We have so many opportunities for your child to get involved in. See more information below. From 6:30-8:00 each night we run our GRCC Kidz program. Students get opportunities for competitive play, lessons, structured measurements of success (see Level-Up program below!) and have a whole bunch of fun!

Have your child join the chess center for just $25/ a year and be apart of this great community! We meet from September through June each year.

GRCC Kidz Opportunties!

Chess Center Coaches
– Light Instruction Weekly
– Sportsmanship
– Encouragement and Fun

Improve Your Game
– Competitive Skills
– Chess Knowledge
– Tournament Prep!

Have Lots of Fun!
– Monthly Tournaments
– Fun Challenges
– Friends and Community

Start with a Membership!

To be a part of the Grand Rapids Chess Center you will need to get a membership. This will give you access to ALL of the benefits listed above! Memberships for students 18 years old and under are just $25 per year. For larger families there are discounts available. Go to the membership page to download the form and fill out.

Start Attending!

Join our weekly meetings from 6:30-8:00. Coaching will occur throughout the night each week. Tournaments and special events will go from 6:45-7:30 each week. We meet from September through June.

Program Activities

League Play
Kidz will compete in a league each year. Points and record will be tracked all year. Most weeks a league game will be offered. This will allow coaches to work on tournament readiness, sportsmanship, and focus.

Monthly Hershey Challenge
The first meeting of each month kicks off with a Hershey King Challenge! For $5 a GRCC Kidz member they can compete in a one-night tournament. The winner gets a King Size Hershey and all participants get a Hershey bar out of the deal.

Group Classes
Group classes are scheduled based upon interest. The calendar will indicate when one is coming up.

GRCC Kidz Level-Up Program!

Our GRCC Kidz program is booming! We want to help facilitate growth, structure, and opportunities for our students. So, we will be offering a Level-Up program as part of our GRCC Kidz membership and participation. Learn more about it below!

Exciting things are happening with GRCC Kidz! We are re-structuring our Kidz with our LEVEL-UP program. This program is designed to give our students quality games with other students at a similar level. It will also provide a path toward improvement and recognition as students LEVEL-UP! A student will LEVEL-UP based upon their results within their group and our Hersey Challenge. For example, if a student wins the Hersey Challenge three times consecutively they will be asked if they want to LEVEL-UP. Certificates for LEVEL-UP will be presented during the GRCC Kidz! We will ask for parental approval on all students we recommend for LEVEL-UP.

  • New students will be placed in appropriate level based upon experience. Most will start as Pawns.
  • New students will move up a level when they accomplish prescribed standards.
  • Hersey Challenge and other Tournaments will be played within groups.
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