• THE GMS CHESS CLUB 2023-2024
    The GMS Chess Club had to cancel the Tuesday, February 27, 2024, meeting.  Chess club meetings will resume Tuesday, March 5 and will continue after Spring Break from Tuesday, March 19 to April 9, 2024.  The very last GMS Chess Club meeting is planned for April 9 at this time.  Students who have not yet attended chess club meetings are very welcome to come during the remainder of the Spring Semester in 2024.
    The GMS Chess Club will be meeting every Tuesday afternoon in the Library on the first floor of Garcia Middle School beginning on October 17, 2023 from 4:15-5:00 pm.  Due to very high student interest and attendance at previous chess club meetings from August to September, Mr. Hesse, the GMS Chess Club Sponsor, decided to move the Chess Club to the Garcia Middle School Library, which has much more room, tables, and chairs for students to attend and play chess.  Parents need to pick up students in the Front Circle of Garcia Middle School once the Chess Club meetings end at 5 pm.
    Students new to chess as well as experienced chess players are very welcome to attend each meeting and session.  A few students in the GMS Chess Club occasionally play in Houston-area and local tournaments on their own.  One student has become an advanced rated chess player, and his ratings from the United States Chess Federation (USCF) have risen well above 1500, which is above the 90th percentile of all chess players in Texas.  A couple of students in the last two years, including the student mentioned above, have won and performed well in tournaments.  A few other students have also chosen to compete in tournaments.  More students in the GMS Chess Club will compete in tournaments if they want to and are ready to compete.  Students who compete in tournaments need to join the United States Chess Federation (USCF) to play in almost all tournaments in the Houston area.
    James Hesse can be contacted at james.hesse@fortbendisd.com.

    James Hesse

    GMS Chess Club Sponsor

    Macario Garcia Middle School