2018 Saturday classes for primary school students, from 5 yrs of age.

Classes are held at Perth Modern School in the Parsons Building, Lecture Theatre

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


4 class levels – Beginners, Development,  Advanced and Master Class

Term 3

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

Beginners         9 am – 10.30 am

Development   11 am  – 12.30 pm

Advanced          1 pm – 2.30 pm

Master Class    3pm – 4.30 pm

Duration:          1.5 hours per session

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

Contact:               Kriss Muskett krissmuskett@gmail.com

Presenter:          Award winning tutor Jay Lackner

Venue:                  Perth Modern School  Lecture Theatre, Parsons Building 

Parking:               Car Park No. 4 off Subiaco Road

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.