Chess Club will tentatively start Sept. 9, 2016! 


What: Orchard Lane Chess Club (OLCC)

Members: Open to all Orchard Lane students, Kindergarten – Grade 6.

When:  Fridays, 7:30-8:25 a.m.

  • Players can join anytime during the year.

  • Chess Club will start in mid-September and run weekly, every Friday until the end of the school year.

  • “If it is a school day and a Friday, there will be a Chess Club at Orchard Lane.”

Cost:  $20 for the whole year, covers:

  • Trophies and Medals for in-house competitions.

  • Weekly lessons and competition.

  • 1-year Gold Membership in ChessKid website ($50 value) with unlimited Puzzles, Lessons, Videos, and online play.

  • Use of Chess Club equipment.

Format:  Simulated tournament conditions with tournament equipment.

  • Players are divided up into 4-5 skill levels.

  • Weekly lessons appropriate for each skill level.

  • Competition format is Swiss, Quad, Round Robin, & Team.

  • Instruction in chess etiquette and sportsmanship.

Why Should Children Learn Chess?

In addition to being a fun game to play socially for all ages, chess develops cognitive skills:

? Strengthen problem solving skills

? Learn how to make difficult and abstract decisions independently

? Enhance reading, memory, language and mathematical abilities

? Foster creative, critical and original thinking

? Practice accurate, fast decisions under time pressure

? Think logically and efficiently

? Challenge gifted students and potentially help underachieving students learn to study and strive for excellence

? Demonstrate the benefits of flexible planning, concentration and consequences of decisions

? Benefit all students regardless of gender, physical ability or socio-economic background

Parent Volunteers

  • Parents do not need to know chess to provide valuable assistance!

  • 7:10-7:30AM - Setup

  • 7:30-8:25AM - Game Results Recording and Player Re-Pairing

  • 8:25-8:45AM - Packing Up

Why Should Your Child Join New Berlin Chess?

The ability to focus, learning to anticipate move consequences, strategizing, self-confidence, and even project management are all skills that will enhance a child’s academic success.  Players can be successful within their club skill divisions or at metro competition, state and national tournaments.  The New Berlin Public elementary schools have won hundreds of team and individual trophies since 2003.  We have numerous examples of players as young as 5 years old who have been part of trophy winning teams at Nationals where there are often 2,000 players!! 

What other activity for your child can so easily provide a lifetime memory of success at a national level?

Contact:      Randy Bubolz

  • Coach of New Berlin Chess, 2003-Present

  • US Chess Federation (USCF) Life Member

  • Certified USCF Tournament Director

  • 2010 New Berlin Citizen of the Year (because of his efforts for NB youth chess)


Randy Bubolz



Volunteer Info Sheet
Orchard Lane Elementary School