Chess Club

West Haven High School



White mates in four moves. Can you find it?



Meeting time:   After school on Mondays and Wednesdays.


Adviser:   Mr. Schevling


Membership requirements:  A desire to learn and have fun.


Reason:   Why should you play chess?  Because it’s fun! Chess is a fascinating game, which can be played and enjoyed at all levels.


Purpose:  Chess will be used as a tool for teaching critical-thinking skills. Learning how to solve a problem is more important than learning the solution to any particular problem. Through chess, students learn how to analyze a situation by focusing on important factors and eliminating distractions. They learn to devise creative solutions and put their plans into action. Chess works because it is self-motivating. The game is inherently fascinating, and the goals of attack and defense, culminating in checkmate, inspire students to dig deep into their mental reserves.

Chess, like all competitive activities, inevitably teaches young people something about life:  how to think under pressure, how to win gracefully, how to accept defeat, and how to learn from defeat.

Most importantly, chess teaches self-esteem. Boys and girls of all backgrounds can compete on equal terms. They learn to have faith in their ability to think and to make decisions that affect their future, and they learn to recognize and respect those same abilities in others.

All chess club members will be eligible to participate in school tournaments, obtain an official U.S. Chess Federation rating, and top players earn a spot on the chess team that competes on an inter-scholastic level.  The WHHS chess team won the CT High School State Championships in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.  In 2004 the team won the Eastern Class Championships and the U1500 National High School Chess Championship in Dallas, TX. 


 The West Haven Renegade Knights Want You!


Solution: 1. Rxf4 exf4 2. Bh8 Qf6 3. Qxf6 Re8 4. Qg7#