HRCA Summer Chess Academy

Program is currently underway, and we are not accepting more students. 
Hampton Roads Chess Association is running a Summer Chess Academy on Tuesday nights from June 18th to August 27th (no class July 23rd, as that is during our week-long summer camp).  Classes are held at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3229 MacDonald Road, Virginia Beach.  Classes run from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  Players may arrive as early as 5 PM but must be picked up promptly at 7:30.
This program is open to players in grades Pre-K through 12.
The curriculum for the Summer Chess Academy is Coach Jay’s Chess Academy, which uses a karate belt system of lesson books and puzzles books from White through Black.  On June 18th, all registered players will take a placement test and be organized into groups, meet their coaches and receive their lesson material.  Every player will complete one belt level over the summer.   Belt levels and suggested rating ranges are as follows:
White (unrated to 300)
Yellow (300 to 700)
Orange (600 to 1000)
Green (900 to 1300 or 1400)
Purple (1200-1500)
Blue (1400-1700)
Black (1700-1900)
Experienced / certified, background-checked coaches will be leading each group.  Over the course of each two hour session, there will be a lesson, time to complete assignments in the workbook, and practice time over the board.
Each player will receive an award at the end of the summer recognizing the completion of a belt level.
The fee for the program is $100.  This includes a coaching fee, materials, awards, and for those who need it, an HRCA membership and notation book.  Players are encouraged to own a tournament chess set for home use (sets will be provided for class).  These are available for purchase for $15 if you don’t already have one.
You may pay your fee via PayPal to (we request you use family and friends option to avoid fees), or mail a check made out to HRCA to 1849 Calash Way, Virginia Beach, VA 23454.   If you are part of one of our ongoing programs, you may also submit cash or pay by card swipe at a practice.  Do NOT pay until you receive notification that your slot is guaranteed.
The program will cap at 125 students.  The priority for registration is 1) current HRSCC and HRCA School Chess Program members (same priority), followed by 2) HRSCC wait listed children, and 3) remaining slots being open to the general public.
Registration is open immediately for all students; however, the slots will be filled in order of these priorities.  The deadline for Priority 1 and 2 students to register is May 18th.  Again, do not pay until you receive notification that your slot is guaranteed.  All payments are due June 1st, or the slots will be cancelled and opened to new students.  Priority 3 students will move up in priority on May 19th, ahead of any late-registering Priority 1 and 2 students.  Note that it is possible that known absences, especially of more than one session, may impact your registration if there is a wait list for the program.  Missing two classes, for example, is four hours of instruction, 20% of the total, and will significantly impact what your child will get out of the program if they are unable to teach themselves the lesson in the book and complete the work at home.
Hampton Roads Chess Association is a 501(c)(3).  We turn no child away for inability to pay.  Needs-based scholarships are available.  If you think you will need a partial or full scholarship, please e-mail Tina at
You may register for the program by filling out THIS FORM.
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