Chess Contacts

Director, Chess Program Ness Sandoval Email Me
Co-Director Stephen Williams Email Me

Ascension Chess Program

The goal of the Ascension Youth Chess Program is to share the passion for the game of chess, in a positive environment which promotes Christian values. Chess is a very effective mind training activity, and a great educational and motivational tool. Studies show that chess improves academic performance, strategic thinking, consideration of alternatives, and social skills.

Who Can Play?

All boys and girls, Grades Kindergarten - 8th, are eligible for participation in the CYC Chess Program if the child's family is a registered Member of Ascension Parish, lives within the Ascension Parish boundaries or attends Ascension Catholic School (unless your parish does not have a program).

CYC Chess Program

  • Learn the fundamentals of chess in an environment that stresses the enjoyment and learning of the game
  • Develop critical thinking skills, build confidence, and cultivate tools that can be valuable in all aspects of life
  • Lessons start in mid-November and held at Ascension
  • 4 meets December through February (participation in 1 or more of the meets is recommended but not required)
  • Final Meet in March (for those that qualify)

Age Groups

The CYC Chess program is based by school grade level

  • Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
  • 3rd - 4th Grade
  • 5th - 6th Grade
  • 7th - 8th Grade


  • CYC Chess $80 per child

Ascension Chess T-shirt included

Chess Schedule

2022-23 Chess Lessons

Wednesdays (starts November 30, schedules in Team Sideline app)

5:00 - 6:00pm Kindergarten - 2nd

6:30 - 7:30pm 3rd - 8th

2022-23 Chess Meets

Meet #1 Saturday, December TBA 2022

Location TBA

Meet #2 Saturday, TBA 2023

Location TBA

Meet #3 Saturday, TBA 2023

Location TBA

Meet #4 Saturday, TBA 2023

Location TBA

FINALS - Top 40 Qualifiers in Each CYC Program Age Group

Saturday, February TBA 2023

Location TBA