Our Chess School
I started Grandmaster School of Chess in the mid 1990s. Since then it introduced chess to thousands of children in the Greater Dublin area. At the beginning of 2020, our chess instructors were running weekly after-school chess classes in 26 schools, teaching over 800 children. As well as that, we ran chess camps, seminars and tournaments (both individual and team). The COVID pandemic created serious challengers, but the school adapted to them by providing online lessons and camps, attended by over 400 students in 2020-2023. Chess is ideally suited for the online environment and I continue running weekly online classes, which are particularly attractive for those students living outside of Dublin. For these classes we use Zoom and an Indian platform called Chesslang – during the first part of the lesson students learn various aspects of chess (tactics, strategy, openings, calculation, endgames, etc), while during the second part they play each other in training exercises or training tournaments.
Since the end of the pandemic, I’ve been restoring chess classes in most of the schools where we operated them before. I also run a chess club for juniors in Mount Merrion Community Centre. The club meets on Tuesdays between 19:00 and 20:00, we will resume sessions in mid September 2023. Our junior monthly tournaments are back in St Conleth’s College, while we continue running weekly online tournaments in our club at www.chesskid.com – our students can avail of a special price for CK gold membership – a full year for just €30 (€50 for two siblings). Gold membership allows unlimited access to videos, lessons and puzzles at the site, as well as access to our online clubs and tournaments.
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Grandmaster Alex Baburin, FIDE Senior Trainer, June 2023
Chess in the Irish Media:
A big article on chess appeared in the Irish Times; Alex Baburin gave an interview to the South East Radio; Hannah Lowry O’Reilly and Jonathan O’Connor were at the Claire Byrne show and a UCD student Robert Nielsen shot a short video on chess