The Boylston School Break Program for Children 2016-2017

Over the course of the 2016-2017 school year, the Boylston Chess Foundation will hold its series of clinics during the December, February, and April school recesses, as well as two summer sessions in June and August.


December recess: 27, 28, 29, 30
9:00am - 12:30pm each day


February recess: 21, 22, 23, 24
9:00am - 12:30pm each day
April recess: 18, 19, 20, 21
9:00am - 12:30pm each day
June (summer recess): 27, 28, 29, 30
9:00am - 12:30pm each day
August (summer recess): 15, 16, 17, 18
9:00am - 12:30pm 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 Membership: $120/yr or $67/six mo; Family Membership: $180/yr or $100/six mo). Participation fee: $160; $120 per child, if two or more per family. For first-time members the fee is reduced to $125. 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 am! 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 on the Program, please call Jacob Rasin at home after 9pm at 617-783-6307, cell 857-225-1297, or email