Chess Program
Chess Program

Participating in Chess is a compulsory element of the Elementary School curriculum and is part of the overall Intellectual Development Program at OFS.

Our school has a large dedicated chess room, fully equipped with demonstration boards, chess sets and chess clocks for student use. Our K2 and Elementary School students receive professional tuition in class from our Chess Coaches/Teachers.


Scheduled Lessons

In the scheduled lessons during school hours, all K2 & Elementary School students are taught the fundamentals of chess and have plenty of opportunities to practise, playing against each other.

Chess lessons include instruction through a variety of methods and practice. Demonstration boards, chess programs, video tutorials and class games are some of the instructional tools used in the classroom. Worksheets at all levels are also available in the chess room for those who want to further improve their tactical skills.

For further improvement in the game, there are many extra opportunities such as:

Daily Practice Sessions on School Days

  • Mornings:8:30 am - 8:50 am for all Elementary School students.
  • Lunch breaks:11:25 am - 11:50 am for Grades 4 and 5
    11:55 am - 12:20 pm for Grades 1 to 3

After School Program

  • Chess Club is open to all Elementary School students of Grades 2 to 5 who wish to practise and improve their chess skills. These sessions include lesson and practice.
    Wednesdays: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Intermediate Class - Challengers League (2 groups) is for selected Elementary School students who wish to improve their chess skills and participate in tournaments. In Semester 2 the focus will be on games starting from a given thematic position and analysis.
    Fridays: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Advanced Class - Grand Prix League is for selected Elementary, Middle and High School students who often participate in tournaments and achieve good results. In Semester 2 the focus will be on exploring openings through rapid games.
    Thursdays: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Our Coaches

Mr. Vasileios Parginos

Mr Vasileios Parginos has an enviable background in Chess, both as a player and a coach. As a player over 29 years, he has won numerous tournaments and was in 1991 ranked 2nd in the National Greek School Championships. He has been credited with the title "Federal Master" by the Greek Chess Federation.

He has been a professional Chess teacher and coach for the past 16 years, in both Greece and Turkey, and is certified as a “FIDE Trainer” by the World Chess Federation. His Chess teaching / coaching has covered all levels, from Kindergarten through High School and adults, including the coaching of numerous very successful regional level chess teams.

Vasileios has organised many tournaments at all levels, and from 2008 to 2012 was Chief Arbiter of all the main tournaments in North-West Greece. Between 2008-2011 he was also the Regional Coach of the Greek Chess Federation, for North-west Greece. He has worked as an Arbiter at many major championships in Greece and also beyond, including Euro National Teams Championships (2007, 2011), World Junior Championships (2012) and World Youth Championships (2004, 2010).

Ms. Dijana Dengler

Ms. Dijana Dengler is a strong player, with many years of experience playing chess at the top level. She was a member of the National Team of Bosnia-Herzegovina in twelve Chess Olympiads and has also played in the European Team Championships since 1992. She has been an active player with the Bayern Munich team (Germany) and Midland Monarchs (UK) team.

She has taught chess in Germany for the past 10 years and was the co-founder and head coach of the Munich Chess Academy and Chess Foundation. Ms Dengler has also developed a Chess curriculum for children with autism, cancer and special needs.

She has trained teachers and run seminars entitled "The King's Plan", with Grand Master Stefan Kindermann, Bavarian State Chancellery, Bayerische Versicherungskammer, using chess strategies for working life.

Apart from playing and teaching, she has also organised tournaments, from scholastic to top level, and events for children with special needs and for refugees.

From January 2019, Ms Dengler is a member of the Chess in Education Commission of the World Chess Federation.