For young chess players, our chess club, the Eindhoven chess club (Eindhovense Schaakvereniging) has a youth department. The youth department is for players of all levels, from beginners to top players, for children as well as junior players. We are very proud that in recent years our children and juniors have collected a large number of national championships. Of course there are plenty starting chess players that get our attention as well.
Our youth section meets on Monday evening from 18:45 to 20:00. These evenings consist of two parts: from 18:45 to 19:30 we offer chess lessons and from 19:30 onwards the games begin. Every player is paired against an opponent of approximately the same playing strength. If a game has finished quickly, the children can play another game. Around 20:00 most games will have ended (if a game takes too long, we will add a chess clock). The results and standings of the competition are published on the web site.
For the lessons the players are divided into six groups. Lessons are given according to the well-known Step method, which originated in the Netherlands but has since spread to other countries as well. In the higher groups a game played by the players themselves in the competition is often discussed. We are very pleased that the youth department can use the Augustinianum school, this is an ideal lesson environment. Most of the groups are taught in Dutch but we do have two groups that have chess lessons in English (depending on the demand in terms of playing strength, age, and language abilities this number may increase or decrease).
Chess players learn a lot when they participate in tournaments. Especially for beginning chess players, the so-called Eindhoven Cup is fun to participate in. This tournament is held seven times per year. There are numerous other tournaments at all levels as well. We try to inform the youth and junior members as much as possible about these possibilities. Besides individual tournaments we also try to join as a club team in youth team matches. Many children like to play together in a team.
If you want to become a member, you can contact Jochem Berndsen. We have three moments in the year we allow new members: the first three weeks of September, December 1 and March 1. If you can play chess and you want to become a member, you can play for free in the youth competition until the next entry date. In those cases you must be present at 19:20 on Monday evening. The registration form can be found here.
Where: The Augustinianum, Van Wassenhovestraat 26, 5613 LL Eindhoven.
When: Monday evening from 18:45 to 20:00 (entrance from 18:30 to 18:45).
Membership fee: All year € 50, from 1 December € 40, starting March 1 € 30.
Calendar: The calendar can be found here