STA Chess Club


Chess Classes

(For new or returning students)

Signups for K thru 8th grade – all levels.

This program is great for ALL levels, and is taught in a fun way!

Classes (during lunch and recess, one day a week) are being offered at St. Thomas beginning the week of January 19th  thru Spring Break.

“Learning Through Games” has taught Multiple State Champion Scholastic Teams. However we are known for our fun
and kid friendly style of teaching.

FINAL SESSION:  The cost is $62 per student for the final chess session.  2022 Q4 STA Chess Class Registration and please send payment to:  Learning Through Games, 11504, Senie Lane. Carmel, IN. (or leave it at the front desk), Paypal at or bank/zellpay at 3172246771.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions: or (317) 224-6771.

CYO Chess Team (After school): Second, Mike Chapuran (parent of two STA students) coaches our CYO Chess Team after school on Wednesday’s in the fall again for all grades and abilities.  Mike is a United States Chess Federation-certified tournament director and coach, and the founder of the Naptown Gambit Chess Club.

Practices start Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 3:15 to 4:30pm.  The club then replaces the Wednesday practices with matches at other Catholic schools from 4:30 to approximately 6:30pm on October 13, 20, 27, November 3, and November 10.  The matches culminate in a large team tournament all day Saturday, November 13 at the CYO office downtown.

If there is interest, the free Wednesday practices will continue in the spring (though no CYO league matches with other schools occur in spring).  The cost to participate in the after school club practices is free.  The cost to participate in the CYO matches and tournament is $55/students, with a handful of “scholarships” available if requested.  Mike is willing to take your child to Aftercare after practice, and if you cannot provide transportation to the matches or tournament, carpooling is available.

To sign up (or if you have questions), email your child’s name, grade, and brief experience with chess (and any potential need for a scholarship) to Mike at  If your child wants to participate in the CYO league in October-November, send them a check for $55 to the first September practice on the 8th made out to St. Thomas Aquinas School.  Note: The school chess coaches are still determining a format for matches and the large tournament in 2021 given COVID-19 risks.  Details will be shared with those registered as they are available.