MONTVILLE, NJ - The Montville Recreation Department will be sponsoring CHESS CLASSES for students in Grades 2-6.

Chess has been associated with greater cognitive abilities, coping and problem-solving capacity, and even socioaffective development of children. That is why our program believes in building a solid foundation for beginning and intermediate players which will continue throughout their lives whether on or off the chess board. 

Our next session of classes will cover: * The Story of Chess, The Chessboard As Your Kingdom, * Get Ready to Play (set up board & pieces), A Numerical Value, * The King, The Straight Away Rook, The Pawn, Rewarding Brave Pawns, Rook and Pawn Game, * The Bishop and Pawn Game,  The Queen and Pawn Game, * The Knight, Check, Checkmate, Stalemate, Draw, * Castling, En Passant (very basic), How to read and write chess, * Exchange Value of Pieces (Bishop for Knight Trade, The Exchange, Values Change with Position), Drawn or Tied Games (perpetual check), * Stalemate, 3-move repetition of position, the 50 Move Rule, agreement), Fool's Mate, Scholar's Mate, Use of a chess clock, * The 30 Rules of Chess: Opening Principles, Endgame Principles, * Pins, Forks, Discovered Checks, Double Checks, Skewers, * Checkmating the lone king: Checkmating with King & Queen, Checkmating with King & two Rooks, and * The Endgame, Tactics, Position, Some Openings For Children.

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Classes take place at the Academic Excellence Center, 2 Change Bridge Rd, Suite 203 in Montville. FOr directions call 973-454-1587.

Classes take place on Tuesdays: February 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17 & 24 from 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm.

Note: Make up Sessions will be added in the event of a cancellation due to inclement weather.

The cost is $120.00 per person per 6 (six) week session.

For questions call Recreation: (973) 331-3305 or visit our website: