February 11 - March 24, 2020

After School Chess @ A2 STEAM: Beginning/Interm.

February 11 - March 24, 2020 A2 STEAM @ Northside • 912 BARTON DR. ANN ARBORMI  48105 View Map Organized by Ann Arbor Public School System
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February 11, 2020 - March 24, 2020
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

A2 STEAM @ Northside

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Youth Chess with Mr. Garrison, Arbor Chess
Mr. Garrison has been teaching chess to children since 1996. His teams have won numerous state championships. King Elementary won the state championship in 2018 and 2019. Mr. Garrison holds the #1 rank of overall game player (out of over 25,000 players) at www.littlegolem.net, an international thinking games website. He is also the top ranked human in the world at the strategy games "LYNGK" and ?Breakthrough? and is also a top ten player in many different abstract games. Mr. Garrison has played more than 1000 US Chess Federation tournaments and is ranked in the top 100 players in Michigan. His highest achieved USCF rating thus far is 2067. Mr. Garrison achieved the title of "Candidate Master" from the the USCF in 2016.

Beginning/Intermediate: Grades K-8th. For students with no or some experience in chess. Students are introduced to the basic history of chess, opening principles, tactics, basic endgame techniques, and tournament preparedness. 5 classes. No class 2/25 and 3/10.


We are really impressed by the confidence my daughter has gained by attending Mr. Garrison's classes. She picked up a lot of new moves and strategies from the classes. She is so much motivated that keeps practicing and playing chess all through the week.

My child didn't start chess until 5th grade, and I wasn't sure she would catch up. This class got her up and running quickly and with confidence. She liked the class and enjoys playing whenever she can.

Mr. Garrison is a terrific instructor, especially when teaching the younger kids strategies. As someone who played chess as a kid (without instruction), it's fascinating to see the logic of the game revealed. Chess seems to be so much about looking ahead and making logical predictions and I'm so happy to have my son learn these skills. I also love the way he gets used to losing graciously and to see losing as a part of learning.

I was a little hesitant while starting chess class for my kid in KG because I thought too early for him. But it's not the case. He learned more than what I expected from him. Thanks to the instructor who is so encouraging always.

No class 2/25 and 3/10.

New students are required to purchase a "Chess Tactics Workbook" on the first day of class for $20.


Kindergarten - 8th Grade




Arbor Chess (R Raymond Garrison)

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