Chess


 

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Henry Park Chess Club (combined ECCA and CCA) at the 68th National Schools Individual Chess Championships 2016

 

Our History

Chess ECCA was started in HPPA in 2014 by a few parent volunteers whose children love playing chess.

Our Vision

The vision of Chess ECCA is to provide an opportunity to expose HPPS students to this strategic and intellectual game, which not only trains discipline but also character. We are a chess community who provide support to chess parents and kids who are interested in finding out more about chess.

Why Chess?

“Chess is intellectual gymnastics,” so says Wilhelm Steinitz, the world’s first undisputed chess champion. Just like gymnastics is an all-round sports demanding strength, mobility, endurance, flexibility, and body control, playing chess requires a whole lot of skills – it develops logical thinking, hones decision-making skills, trains memory, strengthens willpower, motivates children to excel, and also teaches them how to deal with defeat.

Chess Activities in School

The club conducts a series of programmes for chess development, and we look forward to you and your children joining us in these meaningful activities.

  1. Chess Coaching – a weekly class is taught and supervised by a chess coach
  2. Sparring Sessions – for students to play chess with each other in a non-competitive environment

 

  1. In-house Tournaments – give opportunities for students to improve their skills and progress to tournaments conducted externally, including representing Henry Park at National Inter-school events

 

 

Our Chess Coaches

 

MOE registered for teaching of chess in schools.

FIDE (World Chess Federation) Trained and Certified.

Singapore Chess Federation accredited.

 

Mr John Wong is currently Chairman of the Thomson Chess Club. His coaching experience is wide-ranging, having helmed the Raffles Institution Chess Club in the 1980s. He understands that each student is unique and seeks to recommend a certain playing style accordingly, and encourages them to rise above their defeats and learn from their mistakes. He actively maintains a chess blog at www.chessfood4thought.blogspot.sg, chronicling his journey with his students and observations of the chess developments in the region.

 

Mr Kenny Chern is an experienced chess coach and has been coaching chess in schools since 2006, having produced good results for his students and teams. His students’ most recent achievements include:

 

57th Nat Inter School Team Chess 2016

Primary Girls U11: Raffles Girls Team 2 – South Zone 1st

Primary Girls U11: Raffles Girls Team 1 – South Zone 2nd

Primary Girls U9: Raffles Girls Team 1 – South Zone 2nd

 

56th Nat Inter School Team Chess 2015

Primary Girls U11: Raffles Girls Team 2 – South Zone 1st

Primary Girls U11: Raffles Girls Team 1 – South Zone 2nd

Primary Girls U9: Raffles Girls Team 3 – South Zone 3rd

 

Mr Lee Chong Peng is an experienced chess coach and has been coaching chess in schools since 2008. His students’ most recent achievements include:

 

57th Nat Inter School Team Chess 2016

U9: SJI Junior Team 1 – South Zone 1st

U9: SJI Junior Team 2 – South Zone 3rd

 

56th Nat Inter School Team Chess 2015

Open, SJI Junior Team 1 – South Zone 2nd

 

Mr Tan Poh Heng has a strong passion for chess and has been playing the game actively since the 1970’s. He played chess both in local as well as overseas tournaments, and has a FIDE rating of 2139 currently. He started giving private chess coaching lessons on a part-time basis in 2012, and commenced coaching in schools since 2015, having produced good results for his students and teams. His students’ most recent achievements include:

 

56th Nat Inter School Team Chess 2015

Primary Boys Open: Kong Hwa School – East Zone 1st

 

Weekly Chess Lessons in HPPS

 

Current schedule (2017, Semester 1)

 

Our weekly classes cost between $120-160 for the entire Semester. We need a minimum of 8 to start a class, and the maximum is 14.

 

We offer 4 levels of classes – Beginners, Elementary 1 and 2, and Intermediate.

 

Classes are conducted in school every Wednesday 2.15 – 3.45pm (during term time).

 

Parent Volunteers In-Charge (PICs)

 

Mrs Karen Leow 8121 1219 (Beginners Class)

Mrs Ho Sow Yun 9009 8453 (Elementary Class)

Mrs Stephenie Teo 9771 5804 (Intermediate Class)

 

We welcome parents who would like volunteer in one way or another for chess ECCA. Do contact one of us and talk to us!

To sign up online, click here!