I think virtual class is a good substitute for a real life one, I hardly noticed any difference, visual presentation was very effective
Live Online Chess Classes
As schools are closed and our instructors and students are staying home, we’re working hard to keep people working and keep that chess magic happening.
Our first Live Online chess class launched on Friday March 20 at 3:30 pm. Since then, we’ve had two weeks of a variety of online options for people to try out. So far, we are very impressed with the way our instructors have been able to carry our values and approach to chess onto these new digital platforms.
We’ve also been very happy to receive so much positive feedback from parents and participants!
Starting Monday April 6, we’re converting our existing school clubs into our new Live Online delivery format. For all of these club conversions, registered participants will receive online meeting invitations and chess platform details and links.
See below for further details about the conversion process as well as refund or credit options.
COVID-19 Refund Policy
As CIC school clubs switch over starting April 6 to online delivery for classes scheduled after March 15, students who are already registered for these school clubs will automatically have their registrations transferred to this new online club for the remaining classes in the session. No further registration fee is required. If you are skeptical about whether your school chess club will work effectively in an online option, we encourage you to try the first one before requesting a credit or refund. If you are not fully satisfied and you still wish to withdraw, this first online class can still be included in the credit or refund.
Refunds and credits
We are very excited with our new online options, and we’ve certainly had great feedback from those who have tried them out. However, we do understand that online classes may not be an option for everyone. Please see our official refund policy below.
Official Refund Policy
Registrants for CIC clubs/classes may:
1. Continue in their existing club or class for the remaining weeks of the session as it transfers to Live-Online format.
2. Withdraw and receive a prorated credit for the remaining weeks, which may be used at any time for other Live-Online options or for In-Person options once they resume.
3. Request a full or partial refund for the remaining weeks subject to a $14 administrative charge. In the case of a partial refund, any non-refunded balance will be maintained as an available credit (see #2 above).
During the current hold period in which schools and many businesses are shutdown, refunds will be issued, when requested, on a priority basis taking into account our reduced staffing and ability to process refunds.
Donating to CIC
Our team is working hard to adapt and survive in this new reality. We also believe that participating in our classes on a regular schedule helps normalize the situation for children. Further, the chess classes themselves help children develop coping skills in making choices, dealing with the unexpected, and reflecting on initial reactions and finding other ways forward, that are highly helpful in stressful situations like this. If you are able to make a special donation to CIC to help us adapt and continue in these times, it would be most appreciated.
What Participants and Parents are saying:
As a parent, I loved to see the kids gain comfort with Zoom so quickly. The kids really looked forward to their “chess club” time, and it was great for our younger son to have a chance to reconnect with his chess club experience from school..
Thank you for offering this experience and for pulling together an online club so quickly. We have been impressed with the level of instruction, the skill of the instructors in managing classes and encouraging thinking and participation. … The kids also are interested in joining with their friends from school so we will definitely recommend the online club to others. Please thank the teachers for providing such a great experience during this unsettling time. The online classes rekindled an interest in chess and we’ve been having a lot of in-person games at home as a result–which is a great way to keep the kids engaged, thinking, and off the more mindless play offered by electronic devices/video games.
Please keep these classes coming!
I am telling all my parent friends to sign their kids up!
Kids would like to spam a response to the question of whether they would recommend to friends: “Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! etc…”