Chess Club

2021-2022 Chairs: Gelareh Golanbar, Robert Donner, Rongzhi Lu 




Medina Elementary has one of the largest, most award-winning Chess clubs in the Northwest! For the 2021-2022 school year, Chess Club will have small class sizes. Chess Club meets on Wednesdays starting on October 20, 2021. 


If registration is sold out, please join the waitlist. We will contact you if a spot opens up. 

All Medina Elementary students will still be able to patriciate in our chess tournaments.



If you are interested in being a parent volunteer, please contact


Club Meetings

Chess Club meets Wednesdays 12:30-1:30pm (12:30-2:00pm for the grade 4-5th advanced class).


Chess Club meeting dates: 


Month Days





(No session for Nov 17 Book Fair or Nov 24 Thanksgiving)



 (No sessions over Winter Break)

Jan 5,12,19,26


 (No session for Feb 23 Mid-Winter Break)


2,9,16, 23

 (No session for March 30)



 (No session for April 13 Spring Break)

May 4,11,18,25
June 1,8


All dates are tentative. If we must cancel a Chess Club session, we will email parents with as much notice as possible. 


Please email if your child will not be able to attend a meeting



Medina Chess Tournaments

We are excited to announce the Medina Chess Club will have two tournaments on
Medina All-City Chess Tournament on Sunday, March 27. Register 
Queen's Quest All-Girls Chess Tournament on Sunday, April 3. Register
These are state qualifiers and FREE for all Medina Elementary Students.
Please create an account on if you don't already have one.
This is different from the ChessKid system where we have regular tournaments.
Go to and click the "Register" button for one of the tournaments.
If you are not already a member of nwchess, click "New" and fill out the form with your child's information.
Then choose one of the "Medina student" sections that is appropriate for your child. Your child can play in their grade level section or higher.
The K-5 Open requires USCF membership and will prompt you to sign up if you don't already have one.
The other sections are NWSRS rated and free for Medina Elementary students.
After registering, each student also needs to agree to play fairly and fill out this form:
The Parent/Guardian should provide the player's name and username for each tournament.


CHESSkID.COM is specifically designed to be a safe and fun place for kids. The website is kid-friendly and easy to navigate. Lessons and videos are short, engaging and fun! Online safety is their priority with no outside links, advertisements, or social networking between kids and adults. Parents have full control of their kids' accounts, as well as the ability to review games and activity on the site.
Any student currently at Medina with a ChessKid account can join our online group "Medina Chess Club 2021-2022" by setting a second guardian to be They will then be allowed to compete against their friends and participate in our online tournaments.
After you have been successfully added to the group, then you should be able to see any upcoming events from the ChessKid club page.
For January and February, we will be having "Just For Fun" tournaments on Thursday and Saturday at 7pm. Anyone in the Medina Chess Club can participate in these sessions. Be sure to sign in early and click the orange "JOIN" button when it is enabled.



Washington State Chess Tournament



The Washington State Championship Chess Tournament chess tournament was held in Tacoma on April 30, 2022.

The Medina Elementary team placed 2nd in the grade 1-3 section and 1st the grade 4-6 section! Congratulations!


Medina Elementary was represented by: David P, Liana B, Vijay U, Adrina B, Aida E, Aiden W, Ananya T, Daniel D, Ethan W, Harry P, Kavir A, Owen Y, Pari G, Sakash A, Ted W, Alexander T, Christian L, Derek W, Jamie H, Michael X, Michael Z, William H, Aaron Z, Alison D, Bogdan G, Derek W, Derrick S, Sanjay U, Vivaan M, Yiheng Y, Daniel P, Emily H, Haoyun Z, Michelle Z.


Presidential Scholastic Chess Tournament 


The Presidential Scholastic Chess Tournament was held on February 21, 2022 at the Redmond Marriott. 8 students from Medina Elementary played in this tournament and helped our school win the 1st place team trophy. They are Ares W, Sanjay U, Ethan Z, Emily H, Victor F, Vijay U, Ananya T, and Brian H. Congratulations!



Susan Polgar Foundation National Open

The Susan Polgar Foundation National Open chess tournament was held in Seattle on October 2-3, 2021. Medina Elementary was represented by Michelle Z, Ted W, Sanjay U, Michael X, Aaron Z, Michael Z, Ares W, Starling C, Sakash A, and Francesca S.
The school team score was calculated from the top 4 scoring players with Michelle contributing 6 points!.
Ted had 5 points, Sanjay had 4 points. Both Michael and Aaron had 3 points.
Medina Elementary won 1st place as a team! Congratulations!



FEES: I agree to pay all fees by Wednesday, October, 6th, 2021

ELIGIBILITY: Our afterschool clubs (including Chess Club) are ONLY for CURRENT-ENROLLED Medina students with ACTIVE Medina PTA membership. You must enrolled with Medina Elementary school at the time attending the club and have a valid Medina PTA family or individual membership for the 2021-2022 school year. You agree that if your kid is not currently enrolled with Medina Elementary school OR do not purchase PTA membership by October 18, 2021, your child will be withdrawn from Medina Chess Club with no refund.

REFUNDS: I agree to the following refund policy: If parents decide to withdraw from a class after registering for the class and before the first class starts, a 5% tuition process fee will be charged. If parents decide to withdraw from the class after the first class starts but before October 27, a 10% tuition process fee will be charged. After October 27, there'll be no refunds.


PICK-UP: 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). 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.


BEHAVIOR: Parents and students are expected to behave respectfully to each other, their coaches, and anyone associated with Medina PTA and the Chess Club. If we feel you or your student’s behavior is disruptive, or you or your student are consistently disrespectful, we reserve the right to withdraw your student (after sufficient warnings) with no refunds.


ABSENCES: If my child will not be at chess club, I will email prior to that day’s chess class start time. I understand that two unexcused absences may result in removal of my student from the club without refund.


SAFETY: You agree to follow, and instruct your child to follow, all Bellevue School District, Medina Elementary, and Medina PTA safety protocols, including hand hygiene, assigned seating, distancing, masking, and staying home when sick. If you or your child do not follow safety protocols, we reserve the right to withdraw your child (with sufficient warnings) with no refunds.




Having a chess set at home is a great way to practice with friends and family.
Email if you would like to purchase a new chess set for $15 similar to what is used at Medina and tournaments.

2020-2021 RECAP 

We appreciate everyone's patience with last year's virtual chess sessions.
ChessKid was a great way to play with friends in a safe online environment.

2019-2020 RECAP

Congratulations to all the students that participated in the first ever  online Washington State Chess Championship Tournament in May. Medina Elementary took FIRST PLACE in the 1st-3rd grade and 4th-6th grade team awards. We want to thank you and your children for another great year of the Medina Chess Club!



Want to learn more about Chess Club?


Join us for our Zoom info session on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 6:30pm. 


Zoom Link


Registration opens: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 8:30am.


How to Register: Find the Chess Club registration form in My Family's Forms/Paperwork once registration opens. Complete the form and payment. Your registration is confirmed only after payment is received.


IMPORTANT: To register, you must agree to all Chess Club policies on the registration form. Read the policies.


Cost: $450 for regular class, $550 for 4th/5th grades advanced 1.5 hours class

Fee covers coach's fees.