Of late, educators around the world have started realizing the cognitive values of chess on children. The clamor for chess clubs has grown considerably, along with one primary concern: how does one set up a chess club such that it not only educates but also entertains young minds?
To start with, there are six essentials to setting up the club: (1) Organizers (2) Players and the needs of the Players (3) Venue (4) Chess Paraphernalia (5) Teaching and (6) Plenty of Energy.
The organizing team members of the chess club are committed and patient people providing order and guidance. Its essential for the club founders to employ a fair and consistent approach. The purpose of the club should be eternally kept in mind: to encourage the development of the youthful members.
Obviously, to be called a club, players are needed as well. A ploy that always works is to increase membership by giving existing players solid recognition and adequate publicity about their matches. Dont just advertise the aims of the club; emphasize the benefits too! There is always a need for donations of equipment and time from parents, and the organizing team should be unhesitant to ask for them. Still confused on how to present your call for membership? Try telling everyone that chess is a fantastic way to socialize and get smart!
The value of designating the clubs headquarters is something the founders should not overlook. Come to think of it, all clubs need a place to meet. The options here are numerous. A school campus, the university, the local community centre or even a home, a small company that willingly donates space shall suffice. Does the place have enough lights, chairs and tables? If so, then youre halfway done with the checklist. You see, a good venue isnt always supposed to be expensive.
Next is the Chess Paraphernalia: They comprise the chess board and pieces and also, if available, clocks. Nothing can be worse than having the members stand and wait for their turn while a chess game is going on. What a way to challenge your patience! Have the club arrange the equipment prior to any matches. Also, timed chess matches help maintain the game by the hour. You dont really need pricey chess sets; simple but functional equipment will be enough.
Another essential involves the transfer and acquisition of knowledge. Chess clubs arent all about talk; theyre also about studying the moves. However, the entertainment value which chess too can provide should not be forgotten. Intense chess trainings and matches could very well discourage members from appreciating the game. Try to sweeten the training with entertainment. Note: You cant succeed if you dont work hard for it and yet, all work and no play never made Jack a tad sharper!
Lastly, whats a chess club without enthusiasm? This translates to how efficiently the club defines its targets. The organizers goals can vary from those of the players. An example of a realistic goal would be to qualify as a contender for a local tournament. The preparations promote the clubs competitive spirit and encourage individual members to set their respective goals.
Organizing a chess club is not as simple as on paper and it will certainly take your time and energy to create it. However, its the thought of succeeding that actually makes the time used and energy expended very much worthwhile.