The Lesson Plans below are intended for to be used on a weekly basis; it is best to follow the structure as it makes the most sense for children to absorb the content.


The idea is that with every lesson in Chess Club the students walk away feeling accomplished, educated and challenged. Chess is a sport of the mind and it exercises problem solving, patience and strategy skills amongst many others. We all know that Chess can be challenging but this club is all about giving that challenge and exciting and rewarding spin!


  • 5 min enter class
    take jackets off, sit down, do the register and eat snacks
  • 5 min explain lesson with examples and interaction (asking questions)
  • 40 min practical lesson
  • 10 min pack up
    tidy up, put jackets on, tuck chairs in, line up

*It is important that you leave the classroom as entered* 

Pro Tip: if there is time once the children are packed up you can run a little test drill; ask the students what they remember from todays lesson, what they liked and what challenged them.

Leave the boards in a safe place allocated by the school

Chess Club Lesson Plans

Here are a few helpful links you can visit before diving into the plan below;

Chess Lesson Plans for Teachers

Teaching Chess to Groups

Teaching Chess Through Mini Games

It is important to note that depending on the length of weeks this club is running will depend on the level of depth you can get into with the teachings.


  • there will be enough chess boards that all the students can work in pairs

Start with an Introduction to Chess

  • brief history of the game
  • why they will enjoy this club
  • what they will benefit from it
  • what they will learn during your weeks together

A brief model on the best way to introduce Chess;

  1. Teach basic moves
  2. Teach a few new rules per week; maybe one or two and then at the start of the next weeks club do a little pop quiz to see who remembers the rules from last week.
  3. Learn how to set up the board (remembering places will come with mini games)
  4. Cut to the basics on how to win; what are the winning moves – the things to look out for and how to protect your pieces
  5. Move to mini games found in this link Teaching Chess with Mini Games

You want to promote positive learning in this club; it can be really difficult to have fun when you are trying to learn something complex; if over the weeks you find some students are stronger than others you can consider pairing the stronger members together so they can have a more challenging and equal experience while some of the weaker players can work on more simple mini games together to better achieve the sense of accomplishment and wins.