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DPL Chess Club Fall 2023

Learn to play chess and play with other kids


September 16, 2023
10:30am - 12:00pm


Children's Auditorium




Register for the Fall 2023 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:

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, Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 7, 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 21, 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 16, 10:30 a.m.

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