Chess Club Chairpersons:
Gloria Wang and Ye Chen

Chess Club Information


Medina Chess Club meets every Wednesday after school from 12:15 - 1:25 (1:50 for our Advanced class). The 2018-2019 season begins WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, immediately after school. We have 27 instructional sessions, with the last day of instruction on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019. Our annual end-of-the-year party will be on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019. We do not meet on snow days, the day before Thanksgiving, and school holidays.


Registration for year 2018-2019 will open at 8:10 a.m. on Wednesday 9/5. All registration and payment must be received by Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 12th. Only online registration with successful payment before the deadline will be accepted. No late registration will be accepted. Space is limited and first come first serve.

 Update: Chess Club has reached its capacity. No more registration will be accepted.




Our parent classroom volunteers are required to stay until the last child is picked up from class. Please respect our volunteers’ time by picking your child up promptly at 1:25 (pick up for Advanced class is 1:50). We're charge $1/minute for late pick. And three late picking ups (or one extended late picking up) will result in exclusion of the student.

If you wish to permit your child to sign him/herself out from class and walk/bike home, you must complete the Medina Elementary Chess Club Permission Slip to Walk/Bike Home found on our website,, and return it to our Chess Club CO-Chairs. 


All participants are expected to be respectful and cooperative. We can exclude a student from the club meetings (after sufficient warnings) if we feel the student's behavior is disturbing other students.


We take the safety of your children seriously. If your child will not be at chess club, please email prior to that day’s chess class start time. Two unexcused absences will result in removal of the student from the club without refund.


Chess Club Dates

2018 - 2019 SESSION DATES

Sep: 26 (First Day of Chess Club)

Oct: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Nov: 7, 14, 28

Dec: 5, 12

Jan: 9, 16, 23, 30

Feb: 6, 13, 27

March: 6, 13, 20, 27

April: 3, 17, 24

May: 1, 8, 15 (Ice-Cream Party)


2018 US Chess Elementary Championship
Six Medina Chess Tigers participated in 2018 US Chess Elementary Championship in Nashville, TN on May 11-13.  More than 2000 players from all over the country competed in the event.  Congratulations to our players for an excellent team result.  Medina won 9th place in K-3 Championship with just three players. Derin G. scored 5/7 and finished the tournament at 17th place in the nation, Ryan M. scored 5/7 and finished the tournament at 20th place in the nation. Christopher P. scored 3.5/7 and helped the team to win a huge team trophy. Well done, chess tigers!
Congratulations to the Medina Elementary Chess Team!

Medina Chess Team won FIRST PLACE (out of 159 schools) in Grades 1-3 Division of Washington State Chess Championship on Saturday 4/21/2018.  Second year in a row. There were total of 1241 chess players at the event.

The following players had 4 or more wins:

Kindergarten: Yuntao L. (4.0), Ethan Z. (4.0)

First Grade: Michelle Z. (4.0), Hanbin W. (4.5), Jack L. (4.5)

Second Grade: Manu K. (4.0), Jinue K. (4.0)

Third Grade: Christopher P. (4.0), Derin G. (4.5), Ryan M. (5.0).  Ryan M. became Washington State Chess Champion of 3rd grade with perfect 5 points. 

Fifth Grade: Inue K. (4.0)

Congratulations to all our participants! Well done!


15th Annual Queen’s Quest Chess Tournament (24th March, 2018)

157 girls from 34 schools participated in Queen's Quest Chess Tournament at Medina Elementary, including 33 of our own Medina Tigers. The tournament is organized and run by Medina parents. It takes a village to run this tournament and many parents worked tirelessly during the tournament.

Our Medina chess scholars had a great day and took FIFTH place in the 1st-3rd grade section and THIRD place in the 4th-6th grade section. GOOD JOB! 

We had a special guest Megan Lee at the tournament. Megan Lee is former National Girls Youth Champion and current member of Seattle Sluggers, and has played against/with some of the worlds best! Megan gave an inspirational speech to the girls and played chess with them briefly.

Chess4Girls foundation by Shifa Somji also sponsored Amazon gift cards to the top finishers of overall sections.



 We had 301 students from 49 schools across the state participate in our 12th Annual Medina Elementary All-City Chess Tournament, including 84 of our Medina Tigers. The Medina Team took FIRST PLACE IN DIVISION GRADE 1-3 and FIRST PLACE IN DIVISION GRADE 4-6! 


Kindergarten Division

  • Ahriyan K. (20th), Francesca S. (19th), Derrick S. (18th), Evander K. (17th), Sanjay U. (9th), Ethan Z. (3rd) and Melinda M. (6th)

Grade 1-3 Division

  • First grade: Michelle Z. (5th), Hanbin W. (4th)
  • Second grade: Kayden S. (10th), Lucas Z. (7th), James F. (4th), Jinue K. (2th)
  • Third grade: Alexander L. (10th), David C. (7th), Michael W. (4th), Christopher P. (1st)
  • Overall winners in the division included Brandon L. (5th place) and Derin G. (2nd place).

Grade 4-6 Division

  • Forth grade: Jason W. (3rd)
  • Overall winners in the division included Ryan M. (3rd place)



2017 US Chess SuperNationals VI
Nine Medina Chess Tigers participated in 2017 US Chess SuperNationals VI in Nashville, TN on May 12-14.  More than 5500 players from all over the country competed in the event.  Congratulations to our players for an excellent team result.  Medina won 8th place in K-3 Blitz competition with just three players,  26th place in K-5 under 1200 section with just three players and 20th place in K-3 Under 1200 division with just two players.   Well done, chess tigers!
Congratulations to the Medina Elementary Chess Team!

On Saturday, 4/29, 40 Medina Elementary students competed in the Washington State Chess Championship in Tacoma, Washington. There were over 1,200 players from over 240 schools in attendance. The Medina Elementary team took FIRST PLACE in the Grades 1-3 Division. There were a number of impressive individual performances.

The following players had 4 or more wins:
Kindergarten: Kirana F. (4.0)
First Grade: Jinue K. (4.0)
Second Grade: Derin G. and Ryan M. (co-champions for the grade who scored a perfect 5.0), Christopher P. (4.5), Brandon L. (4.0)
Fourth Grade: Alan W. (4.0)

Congratulations to all our participants! It is a huge accomplishment to qualify for the State Championship, and we are proud of you. Also, a big thank you to our Chess Club parents for supporting your chess scholars in this endeavor!

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Lakeridge Chess Tournament on Feb 4th, 2017. Our Medina team placed FIRST in the 1st-3rd section, and SECOND in the 4th-6th section,  driven by strong performance by the following players:
  • Second grader David C., Brandon L., who placed 4th, 11th overall;
  • Third grader Matthew H., who placed 12th overall;
  • Fourth grader Koden T., Ben H., Alex C., who placed 4th, 9th and 10th respectively in their grade;
  • Fifth grader Clarence G., who placed first in his grade;
Great work, Chess Tigers!




Volunteer in Class

(Please see Volunteer Requirements form for full details)

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on 

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
 We're using VolunteerSpot to organize our volunteer Sign-ups.

1) Click this "link" or button above to see Chess Club Classroom Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot.  Enter your email address.

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on but you do NEED to provide an email at the beginning for contact purposes only.  If you do not wish to provide a phone number, please put "n/a" instead.

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact to make other arrangements.


Volunteer At a Tournament

Click HERE or the button below to volunteer to help at the upcoming 2018 Medina Queen's Quest Chess Tournament. You do need to have a PTA membership to volunteer.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on 2018 Medina Queen's Quest Chess Tournament volunteer Sign Ups



Medina Hosts two Scholastic Tournaments each year:

    • Saturday, January 12th  2019: All-City Chess Tournament at Medina Elementary.
    • Saturday, March 9th 2019: Queen’s Quest Chess Tournament at Medina Elementary.

Register your student at NW Chess Reg to play. Sign up on the volunteer page to help run our tournaments.

Helpful Documents:

Tournament Tips and Information


Parent Pledge and Volunteer Commitment Form

Please make sure you filled out the online Parent Pledge and Volunteer Commitment form at the end of the registration. You can go HERE if you missed it the first time around.

Volunteer Requirements in PDF format



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