School Chess Clubs


  • Ashton Elementary (K-5) -- Large enthusiastic chess club run by parent Randy Oser.
  • Booker Middle School (6-8) -- "War and Pieces" -- Active club headed by parent Chrissy Fic.
  • Brickhouse Academy (2-12) -- Chess club headed by Marcy Smith.
  • Charlotte Academy (K-8) -- In Port Charlotte.  
  • Englewood Elementary (K-5) 
  • Fruitville Elementary (K-5) --  Formerly had a parent-run club.
  • Goldie Feldman Academy (K-8) -- Rick Knowlton is their coach, as well as for a couple other local schools.
  • Island Village Montessori (K-9, Montessori)-- In Venice, also have a club with some enthusiastic players.  
  • The NewGate School (K-12, Montessori) -- Formerly had a club.  Have a few excellent players.
  • The Out of Door Academy (K-12) -- On Siesta Key.  Have had clubs in the past.
  • Phillippi Shores Elementary (K-5) -- Has had a school chess club since 2006 that meets weekly during the school year.  Pam Doty is the teacher sponsor.  Dan Bodor has been a parent volunteer and coach since 2008.
  • Pine View School (K-12) -- In Osprey.  Chess club run by Dr. Paul Dean meeting Wednesdays during lunch, for students 6th grade and up.  New club for elementary grades organized by Dan Hersey started in 2017.
  • Riverview High School (9-12) -- Active club, sponsored by teacher Michelle Hamill.
  • Sarasota High School (9-12) -- No club, but at least a few excellent players.
  • Sarasota Middle School (6-8) -- Active club.
  • Sarasota Suncoast Academy (K-5) -- have at least a few chess players who participated in our May tournament.
  • Southside Elementary (K-5) -- "The Checkmates" -- Active chess club, since 2013.  Coached by Rick Knowlton.
  • Venice Christian School (preK-12) -- Formerly had a large active club.
  • if your school has a club and is not listed, please let us know


Each blue marker is a participating school.  The purple markers indicate non-school chess sites.

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