“Chess Makes Kids Smart” is a quote from the United States Chess Federation (USCF). Agawam Schools have three chess programs, one in each of our schools, Agawam High, Agawam Jr High and Doering Elementary.
As a teaching tool, Chess has been proven to positively affect student learning and academic performance, chess, unlike any other game or sport, is unequaled in its ability to promote such skills as critical thinking, deductive reasoning, imagination, sequencing of events, error research and correction, problem solving, planning, improved memory, self-esteem, a sense of accomplishment, logic, probabilities, cohesiveness, respect for others, team spirit and collaboration, friendships and connections to others, and most of all fun! Links to studies and papers on chess are in our Links Page.
At Agawam Sr. High Mr. Keith Ireland is our coach. The club meets every Wednesday after school for games and lectures and participation in the annual Agawam High tournament and for interscholastic matches with schools in the Western Massachusetts Scholastic Chess League. Some of our students have already participated in Untied States Chess Federation tournaments.
At Agawam Jr. High Mr. Jon Hagopian is the coach and can be contacted for further information.
At Doering Middle school Mr. Jose (Joe) Linares is the coach. Mr. Linares is also a district level USCF tutor and member. We meet every Monday after school and participate in activities that promote essential skills and tactics. The students take part, not only in playing with and against each other, but also in chess lectures and examination of positions promoting all positive aspects of chess. Some of our students are USCF members and have participated in United States Chess Federation tournaments.
If interested on more information regarding USCF or these programs you may contact Joe Linares at firstname.lastname@example.org or the individual school coaches at their schools.