Family chess night set for December

GENEVA – All Geneva School District 304 students and families are invited to Family Chess Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the cafeteria at Geneva High School, 416 McKinley Ave, Geneva.

 Family Chess Night is for all ages and skill levels, as well as those who have never played. Several members of the GHS Chess Club will be available to teach chess basics to anyone who needs help with the rules or some coaching. 

“Chess is a lot of fun to play and it supports the cognitive development of elementary school aged students as they get to practice abstract thinking skills,” Geneva High School’s Chess Club sponsor, Brian Schmidt, said in a news release. “Chess also provides competitive opportunities for students regardless of physical ability. Learning how to set goals, work a plan, execute and win are important life-skills that chess provides a uniquely accessible opportunity to learn.”

Organizers will order pizzas during the event, and participants are asked to share the cost if they plan to share the food. 

“If all goes well and there is continued interest in doing this, I hope to make Family Chess Night a regular event,” Schmidt said in the release.

Those interested in attending need to reserve a seat by contacting Brian Schmidt at