Does your child like to play chess? Are they interested in learning to play this timeless game? Exercise their mind muscles at Chess Mates! As VDM remains closed for general admission due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff has transitioned our multi-week chess classes to a virtual format. Chess Mates focuses on building an understanding of chess and having fun while developing creativity, executive function, and math skills. Virtual Chess Mates is led by guest instructor Aaron Osborne, the current No. 1 Class C player in Virginia.
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Upcoming Virtual Classes
Summer Chess Mates Mini Camp (3 Classes)
June 21-23 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Three 1-Hour Sessions)
Chess Mates is suitable for players ages 6 and older of all skill levels. Students will be divided into one of three 1-hour Zoom sessions (9:00-10:00 a.m., 10:00-11:00 a.m., or 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) based on age and skill level. Beginners will have the opportunity to work on basic mechanics and gameplay while more experienced players work on skills development. Students will have the opportunity to play against others participating in their same time slot using the free Lichess platform. The instructor will contact registrants ahead of the first class with session times and rosters.
Program: $85/Child. Annual Members: 10% Off. Camp Requires Internet Access & Webcam. Register By: June 6.
Frequently Asked Questions
My child has never played chess before / My child is an experienced chess player. Is this class suitable for them?
Students will be divided into one of two 1-hour Zoom sessions based on age and skill level (4:00-5:00 p.m. or 5:15-6:15 p.m.), so beginners will have the opportunity to work on basic mechanics and gameplay while more experienced players work on skills development. Students will have the opportunity to play against others participating in their same time slot using the free Lichess platform.
How do I find out which time slot my child will be participating in?
Students will be divided into one of two 1-hour Zoom sessions based on age and skill level (4:00-5:00 p.m. or 5:15-6:15 p.m.). The Chess Mates instructor will follow up with all registrants before the first class with your assigned session time and instructions on how to set up a free Lichess account and join the VDM team.
How do we access the weekly virtual Zoom sessions and create a free Lichess account?
The Chess Mates instructor will follow up by email with all registrants before the first class with details about the Zoom calls and instructions on how to create a free Lichess account and join the VDM team.
How do I apply my 10% annual member discount?
To apply this discount to virtual program registrations made online, you will need to create a Website User Account and link it to your membership record by following these instructions. If you have already created a Website User Account, click the registration link for the program you wish to register for and sign in using the link at the top of the registration page. If you need help applying your 10% discount when using our online order forms, please contact Marketing Manager Matt Berman at email@example.com.
Does VDM offer scholarships or financial assistance for Chess Mates?
Unfortunately, the Museum does not offer scholarships for Chess Mates. However, VDM does offer financial assistance on a limited basis for select educational programs, including Tot Boxes, Discovery Workshops, and STEAM Series.
How do I set up my Website User Account?
Did I successfully link my Website User Account and membership record?
Contact Marketing Manager Matt Berman at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll make sure everything is all set.
Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? To learn more about Chess Mates classes, contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at email@example.com.