Click the link above to sign up your child for a free Youth Center Membership.
All children must be registered ahead of time before entering The REC.
Memberships are good for 1 year. (October - May)
Michelle Bernas - Youth Program Supervisor
Phone: 716.695.8520 Ext. 5510
CHESS CLUB AND CHESS CLASS
What We Offer:
Our motto is “balancing competition and fun,” and is the underlying principle behind all of our lessons.
We hire chess coaches who can connect with students-- coaches who offer them the guidance they need to grow both their skills and their love of the game.
Players will always be pushed to grow, but not at the expense of their enjoyment of the game.
We also have instructors who can cater to any skill level, so that students will never feel that they have “outgrown” their teachers.
We will operate as both a chess club and a chess class. Here are the differences:
Meet the instructors
Mark has been practicing chess since he was a child. His peak online rating was 2500, and he has competed in and placed in multiple major tournaments.
He began teaching chess volunteering at a local high school, and found a passion for instructing there. He and John Hanni co-founded Buffalo Chess Association to provide high quality lessons to students in the area.
Mark was in the top 100 in NYS out of all chess players and top 10 in Buffalo. He's won the Marchand tournament 3 times along with placing 10th at the world open in Philadelphia.
His students have won the NYS scholastic U1000 section multiple (2) times, one student won the U1200 NYS championship section, another tied for first at the Cleveland open.
He has over ten years of teaching experience and provides the curriculum’s structure.
John has spent most of his life teaching. He began running classes at his martial arts studio while still in high school.
During college he began teaching chess at schools across Western New York, and eventually went on to found Buffalo Chess Association with his co-owner, Mark Johnson. He has roughly ten years of teaching experience, and is the lead designer for the program’s lessons.
Studies conducted by the University of Memphis have found that children who play chess significantly improve their visual memory, attention span, and spatial-reasoning ability … all important factors for success in school.
2. Enhances Math and Reading
The need to focus on problem solving and the process of thinking through move variables are important traits that help improve children's math skills. In addition, studies have shown that because chess requires children to use cognitive processes such as decoding, analysis, thinking, and comprehension (all skills required for reading), chess playing kids greatly improve their reading skills over non playing kids.
3. Helps Develop Logic, Critical Thinking, and CREATIVITY
Playing chess requires a lot of "if-then" logical analysis and "what-if" scenarios, all necessary ingredients for developing logical and critical thinking. In addition, studies show that chess boosts creativity, most dramatically in originality. Researchers attribute this boost to the process of imagining all the possible move alternatives which trains the mind to play with possibilities … the cornerstone of original thinking.
4. Encourages and Rewards Hard Work
Playing chess provides immediate feedback. Lose your focus, lose a piece; study the game and practice, win more games. Your children control their destiny.
5. Think Through Solving Complex Problems
Chess helps kids learn and practice thinking through and finding solutions to complex problems.