Hightower Trail Middle School Foundation presents the before-school enrichment program Competitive Chess | Beginner and Advanced. Classes will be held in the 6th Grade Commons (cafeteria), on Fridays 8:05-8:50am, starting September 4, 2015. We will cover the general principles of the game (teach or refresh the rules and basics of chess, if needed), and learn some tactics and strategies for different stages of the game. There will be in-house chess and chess variations tournaments, including bughouse, everybody's favorite game. We will also support those students who wish to participate in official chess tournaments outside of school. In particular, we hope HTMS will be able to field a school team for the State Team Championship in February. These tournaments are not school sponsored. The course fee is $195 ($15/class). There will be 13 classes: 9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18.