Our objective in the Hotchkiss Chess Club is to learn to play excellent chess. Our constant focus is on improving our playing skills. Students who display an intention to do otherwise may be summarily suspended from the club at the discretion of the Chess Coach and will not be readmitted without his consent.



Morning Chess Club - Tuesdays and Thursdays (7:15 to 7:45 am)


To participate in morning chess club sessions, each club member will immediately sign in at each session and will then proceed directly to a table to begin a game or to continue a game in progress, writing down each move in his/her scholastic scorebook. There is no time for idle conversation or other activity during any session.


All scorebooks are to remain in the library at all times and will be redistributed to their owners each morning. The Chess Coach will periodically review the scorebooks to insure that all players write their moves in proper and legible algebraic notation (AN). Players are responsible to fill out the date and player names for each game in their scorebooks.


Players who elect not to write down their moves may be subject to suspension or expulsion from the Club.


Players who are unable to sign in by 7:35 for any session will be excluded from that day's session and will not be allowed to remain in the library during that session. Promptly at 7:45 all games in progress will be immediately suspended. Players will then put the chesspieces back onto their storage containers (along with two pencils and an standard opening sheet). Stack all boards upside down in a single pile. Also stack the scorebooks, and leave the library quickly and quietly so that the Chess Coach and school staff can prepare the library area for the day's further activities.


Any player who fails to demonstrate appropriate progress in recording his/her games or who is disruptive in any way will be banned from further chess club activity.



Afternoon Chess Club - Tuesdays (3:00 to 5:00 pm) and Thursdays (3:00 to 4:00 pm)


At the discretion of the Chess Coach, afternoon sessions will be devoted to a concerted effort to play excellent chess; all games will be fully documented in the club members' individual scorebooks. Some sessions may be devoted to various other instruction and analysis activities. Students who show up after 3:05 may be excluded from that day's chess club meeting and will not be allowed in the library during the session in progress.


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