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Boylston School Break Program for Children 2019-2020 

Location: 40 Norris Street, Suite B101, Cambridge, MA 02140    [ Get Direction ]

 Boylston Chess Foundation

40 Norris St., B103, Cambridge, Mass. 02140 • (617) 714 3022 • •


The Boylston School Break Program for Children 2019-2020

Over the course of the 2019-2020 school year, the Boylston Chess Foundation will hold its series of clinics during the December, February, April school recesses, as well as two summer sessions in June and August.



December recess: 23, 24, 26, 27                      9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day



February recess: 18, 19, 20, 21                                9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day               

April recess: 21, 22, 23, 24                                 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day 

June/July (summer recess): 29, 30; July 1, 2          9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day  

August (summer recess): 18, 19, 20, 21             9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day

This program invites young chess players who already have a complete understanding of the rules of chess to come and develop their abilities. With a combination of lecture, question/answer and guided cooperative learning, the instructor will cover essential elements of the game:

Tactics       Strategy      Openings         Middlegames        Endgames          Problems

Students will develop their memory, visualization ability, attention span, critical thinking skills, as well as their sense of fairness and good sportsmanship — all while having fun!

Who can join? School-age children, K-12, who are interested in improving at chess and maturing from motivated beginners to skilled intermediate players.

How much does it cost? Club membership is required for participation (Junior: $120/yr; $67/6 months; Family: $180/yr; $100/6 months). Participation fee: $180; $140 per child, if two or more per family. For first-time Club members, the fee is reduced to $150. Please make checks payable to the Boylston Chess Foundation and please pay on site.

Registration: Located in the renovated former Ellis School building, there is plenty of room at our pristine site. Reservation is not required. Just show up to unit B103, at 40 Norris Street the morning of the first day, before or around 9:00 a.m.! Use the right-side door of the building.

About the instructor: A master of the game and a Boylston Chess Club member for over 25 years, Jacob Rasin has been a professional chess teacher for over 35 years in the Soviet Union and the United States. 1978-1989, Jacob served as head coach at the Pioneers Palace of the Leningrad Province; 1982-1985, he had the additional assignment of training Soviet grandmasters and international masters. Since 1990, he has taught privately and at schools in the Boston area. His students have won dozens of scholastic state championships and medals, and more than ten national championships in various brackets. Jacob has directed the School Break Program since 1994.

For more information, call Jacob Rasin at home after 9pm (617) 783-6307; cell (857) 225-1297 or email 

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