Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are all of the frequently asked questions.

When does MCCL meet?

Our regular meetings are on Monday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. See our Meetings Page for a schedule of special events and closings.

Where does MCCL meet?

Given Covid-19, this is probably as good a place as any to update the answer to say: MCCL members usually meet on Monday nights at Madison Library. During the pandemic and Library closure for any gatherings, MCCL has been meeting online utilizing the ChessKid program and Facebook Meeting Room. Go to our Upcoming Events page to keep apprised of meeting location and dates:

Who can play at MCCL meetings?

Our meetings are primarily for kids in grades K-12 who know how to play chess and want to play with others. We have enough boards for adults to play, too! Parents can drop off kids and leave a cell phone number where they can be reached or stay. It is recommended that parents of children 6 and under remain on the premises.

What does it cost to attend MCCL meetings?

Our regular meetings are FREE. We welcome donations. Members can choose to pay annual dues of $20 per family in order to be voting members of the organization and support the mission of the organization. Voting members receive other benefits including early registration for chess camps and free or reduced rates for MCCL events. There is also an option to become a Lifetime Member. Join online today!

Who teaches chess at MCCL meetings?

We have many volunteers who serve as guest instructors on Monday nights. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Ranae Bartlett.

What if my child doesn't know how to play chess?

The best way for your child to learn to play chess is to join a school chess club, sign up for summer chess camp, hire a private coach, or learn basics online or through a computer program. We recommend which provides free registration that allows access to articles, puzzles, and some videos and upgrades you can pay for as your child progresses in learning to play chess. Once your child knows the basics of playing chess, your child is welcome to attend MCCL meetings.

How does my child compete in tournaments?

MCCL conducts chess tournaments throughout the year for both rated and unrated players. Most scholastic (K-12) chess tournaments require United States Chess Federation membership. Some tournaments in Alabama also require Alabama Chess Federation membership. Always check the tournament registration form and flyer to be sure you have the required memberships.

What are the benefits of learning and playing chess?

Chess teaches analysis, logic and problem solving skills. Chess improves memory and concentration and teaches planning and foresight. Playing chess also teaches lessons such as perseverance and good sportsmanship. Chess increases math and reading skills, and develops higher-order-thinking. Above all, chess is FUN!