In-School Coaching

Our organization runs In-School coaching session at numerous schools in Victoria, including Deepdene Primary School, Genazzano FCJ College, Highvale Primary School, Livingstone Primary School, Rangeview Primary School, Korowa Anglican Girls School, Siena College, St Michael’s Primary School, Mount Waverley Primary School and Scotch College.

We coached Deepdene Primary School to victory in the 2010 and 2011 Australian Primary Schools Championships. Deepdene Primary School won every game in their clean sweep of the 2011 event.

We coached Scotch College to victory in the 2008, 2009 and 2011 Australian Secondary Schools Championships. Scotch College won 23 games at the 2008 tournament, drew 1 and lost 0, setting the record for the biggest-ever victory margin. Click here to view the Australian Chess Federation’s report on the event.
We coached Balwyn High School to victory in the 2006 and 2007 Australian Secondary Schools Championships.

We offer fun and engaging in-school chess tuition. Typically the first 15 minutes of a one-hour session will be devoted to a teaching session in front of a demonstration board. In the remaining 45 minutes the students participate in a tournament overseen by our employee. In-School classes are usually run during lunchtime or after school, but other times are possible.

The advantages of our program for schools are considerable. Chess is a very popular extracurricular activity throughout Australian schools, and participation in our classes helps schools prepare for interschool competitions. Even more impotant are the benefits to the students. A recent paper by Dr Peter Dauvergne of the University of Sydney suggests that playing and studying chess can raise IQ scores, strengthen problem solving skills, foster creative thinking, and enhance abilities at reading, memory, spoken language and mathematics. Click here to view Dr Dauvergne’s paper.

Our fee for school coaching is $10 per child per class, with a minimum of 8 children in a class. If you’re a parent/teacher/school administrator interested in setting up a chess program at your school, email geoff AT darkhorsechess.com to enquire about setting up chess classes. At present we are only offering In-School coaching in Melbourne. However, if you’re from another part of Australia email us anyway. We’ll be happy to advise you on the best chess coaches available in your area.