Term 3 2018:  July the 28th  and runs for 7 Saturdays, excluding Saturday the 25th of August.

Registrations must be through the Trybooking links below and your printed ticket is required for admission on your first lesson. No door registrations will be accepted.

The Perth Chess Academy meets on seven Saturdays each term at Perth Modern School in the Parsons Building. Parking Car Park No. 4 off Subiaco Road.

The main instructor for all four classes is experienced chess coach Jay Lakner and the classes are available to anyone between the ages of 5 and 17.

Ring or email Rosemary for further information or if you would like an obligation free trial lesson: avongate1@gmail.com      0419494000

For Beginners registration contact Rosemary

For Development Registration contact Rosemary

Advanced Registration

Master Class Registration

The academy consists of 4 classes of different levels.

9 am – 10.30 am             Beginners Class (class limit: 20)

Appropriate for students new to chess. Here students learn the rules of chess and some basic concepts and strategies.

11 am  – 12.30 pm            Development Class (class limit: 28)

Appropriate for students who know all the rules and have a bit of experience but are unaware of basic chess tactics, strategies and endgames.

1 pm – 2.30 pm                 Advanced Class (class limit: 32)

Appropriate for students with lots of experience and have a good grasp of basic tactics. Here they will learn advanced strategies and tactics and learn the basics of how to calculate variations.

3pm – 6pm                         Master Class (No class size limit)

This class features some of the top junior chess players in W.A. Each term the class runs an ACF rated 7 round Swiss tournament with 60 min on the clock. All games are thoroughly analysed and a weekly report is provided. As these classes are ACF rated all participants must be members of CAWA (www.cawa.org.au). A registration form can be filled in at the venue prior to the start fo the first round game if required (cost $10 per year)

Cost:                     $120 for GATCA members and $150 non-members

Contact:               Rosemary: avongate1@gmail.com

Venue:                  Perth Modern School  Lecture Theatre, Parsons Building 

Jay Lakner mob: 0411719317
email: jaylakner@hotmail.com

Jay also offers:

  • Math tutoring at all levels and is recommended by GATCA parents
  • School and private chess tutoring

GATCA takes no responsibility or liability towards the methods or actions of coaches.

Why Chess

GATCA’s chess club is an opportunity for like minded children to meet. Dr Peter Dauvergne, in his article The Case for Chess as a Tool to Develop Our Children’s Minds (July 2000), surveyed educational and psychological studies to examine the benefits for  children of studying and playing chess.  These show that chess can:

  • Strengthen problem solving skills, teaching how to make difficult and abstract  decisions independently
  • Enhance reading, memory, language, and mathematical abilities
  • Foster critical, creative, and original thinking
  • Provide practice at making accurate and fast decisions under time pressure, a skill that can help improve exam scores at school
  • Teach how to think logically and efficiently, learning to select the ‘best’ choice from a large number of options
  • Challenge gifted children while potentially helping underachieving gifted students learn how to study and strive for excellence
  • Demonstrate the importance of flexible planning, concentration, and the consequences of decisions
  • Reach boys and girls regardless of their natural abilities or socio-economic backgrounds

Given these educational benefits, the author concludes that chess is one of the most effective teaching tools to prepare children for a world increasingly swamped by information and ever tougher decisions.

Parent Feedback

I wanted to let you know Jonathan Beringer will be continuing with chess club – it is the highlight of his week, literally.  He learns so much from the club, the chess is challenging him and I think we have found a life long outlet for him, all due to the opportunity of coming to the chess club – thank you so very much for organising it, and please pass on our thanks to Jay too – although I have not met him, I know my husband has been impressed by the way he teaches a concept each week, the respect he shows even the young children and the excellence of both his group teaching and individual instruction.