Winter Chess Club Registration Open for Current Students

Monsignor Slade Catholic School students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 are invited to join Winter Chess Club through The Magnus Chess Academy.

Monsignor Slade Catholic School's chess club meets from 3:00-4:00 p.m. after-school on Monday, January 23, 2023 through April 24, 2023.  The club will not meet on February 20, 2023 and April 10, 2023.

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The Magnus Chess Academy Story

In 2004, Adam Weissbarth was an enthusiastic chess player and a full-time graduate student in Statistics. A friend came across an ad from a local elementary school looking for a chess coach and passed it along. Adam responded to the ad and took the job. As soon as he started, he found that the best hour of his week was the time he spent teaching chess to the kids. After some thought and a lot of preparation, Adam decided to make a career change and teach chess to children full-time. He founded Silver Knights Chess in 2006, and in 2008, was joined by his brother Daniel, also a lifelong chessplayer -- and Adam's first student. Later that year, two of their students won national championships for the first (but not last) time.

For the last few years, the organization has been teaching chess to students in nearly 300 schools each week. Magnus Chess Academy also taught hundreds of summer camps, weekend chess tournaments, and more. The organization has a significant need-based scholarship program to allow hundreds of children each year from low-income families to participate in Magnus Chess Academy programs free of charge.

In August of 2021, Silver Knights Chess joined the Play Magnus Group, the company of world chess champion Magnus Carlsen.  In March of 2022, the organization became Magnus Chess Academy, his official academy! Magnus Chess Academy also teaches chess online offering games against other kids, tournaments, live lesson broadcasts/shows, small group lessons, and all sorts of other pre-recorded lessons, workouts, and exercises.