SJGS Chess Club

The SJGS Chess Club, an official affiliate of the U.S. Chess Federation (USCF), is open to students in grades 1-8, from beginners to expert players. Participants learn and practice strategies of chess in preparation for tournament play. After a hiatus of several years, the club reorganized in spring 2013 with much success. Over 70 SJGS students now participate in Chess Club!

The club holds two seasons per year, in the fall and winter, each including participation in a Scholastic Chess of Indiana (SCI) tournament as well as club tournaments. Participants are encouraged to continue practicing at home or with friends out of season, and even participate in additional tournaments.

Fall 2017-18 Season

The Fall 2017 Season runs from September 15 – December 8, 2017, meeting Fridays after school in the Ackles Center (no club Oct. 27 or Nov. 24). The club will attend the State Grade Level Individual Championships in Fort Wayne on November 4, as well as other tournaments throughout the season. Parent volunteers can sign-up now to help!

Winter 2016-17 Season

The Winter 2017 Season ran January 20 – March 24, 2017. The club attended the State Team Regional Tournament at Goshen High School on February 25 as well as the State Championships in Hammond on March 25.


SJGS Chess Club is open to SJGS students only, though we do host tournaments open to all. For questions about Chess Club, please contact club organizers Sean Kennedy and Todd Walatka.