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DPL Chess Club

For kids 5-18, beginners to experienced

Register for the January 2024 Session

Who: Kids ages 5 - 18, all ability levels welcome
When: 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Where: Children's Auditorium, Decatur Public Library

Kids 5 to 18 years old, join us for a new season of Chess Club at the Decatur Public Library! Whether you're just wanting to learn or have lots of experience, you'll find helpful instruction and friends to play with.

You'll learn general rules, how pieces move, strategies, how to get checkmate ... and then play chess!

The program is free, and offered at the Decatur Public Library in partnership with 4-H, University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service. 4-H membership is not required. Please register in advance through the 4-H website: (Even if you've participated previously, register for this new session.)

Our program leader is Ben Steele, educator with the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension 4-H program. Ben was a teacher for 21 years and has years of experience organizing school chess clubs and tournaments. If you have questions about the program, you can contact Ben at, or call 217-877-6042.

Scheduled dates:

  • Saturday, January 20, 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 3, 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 17, 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 2, 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 16, 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 6, 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 20, 10:30 a.m.

In partnership with 4-H, University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service

University of Illinois* U.S. Department of Agriculture* Local Extension Councils Cooperating University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact 217-877-6042. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access need.