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Chess.com Registration Instructions

All C&O students should register on Chess.com to access additional instruction, and regular practice with other students and staff.


 ESSENTIAL CHESS CURRICULUM SUMMARIES (Students should all have these print-outs.)

Chess Notation

Opening Basics

The 10 Bad Moves








C&O Family Chess Center
217 West Diamond Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD  20877-2106

B. Ross Pancoast, Director

Omar Pancoast, Senior Chess Coach
Carolyn Pancoast, Program Director

(Under Construction - Last Update 06/13/23)

2023 Summer Programs
Watch this page for updates!


"Big Chess" on the Chess Center porch                                 Morning Program, August, 2005     C&O-FCC

A "motley crew," Week 8 Campers                                  Morning Program, August, 2008     C&O-FCC

2023 Summer Programs 
Two options - Online and at the Chess Center

  Week 1: June 19 - 23 at C&O Family Chess Center and online

 Week 2: June 26 - 30 at C&O Family Chess Center and online
July 3 - 7  VACATION
Week 3: July 10 - 14 at C&O Family Chess Center and online
Week 4: July 17 - 21 at C&O Family Chess Center and online

July 24 - 28  VACATION
Week 5: July 31 - August 4 at C&O Family Chess Center and online
 Week 6: August 7 - 11 at C&O Family Chess Center and online
Week 7: August 14 - 18 at C&O Family Chess Center and online

August 21 - 25 VACATION

ENROLLMENT: Registration at the Center limited to 13 full day students (entering Gr. 1-8)
 phone 301-712-8564 (Ross Pancoast) with questions


     These programs are organized and directed by well known area chess coach, Ross Pancoast, assisted by his father, Senior Coach Omar Pancoast.  Chess activities will include individual and group instruction for beginning & intermediate players, problems & puzzles, "bughouse," competition against online players, and more. 

Three Regular Program Sections Each Week:

     A)     Full Day Chess & Activities (1-8th)         9 AM - 4 PM  

   B)     Half-day Mornings (1-8th - chess only)   9 AM - Noon
   C*)   Online Afternoon Classes (Experienced Players*)  2:00 - 3:30 & Practice

             * Contact CoachOmar on Chess.com, or at OPancoast3@gmail.com, or by phone at 301-963-9122


       A) "Chess & Activities" - Afternoon activities may include board & strategy games, outdoor play in our spacious back-yard playground, trips to local & state parks and recreation areas, and other activities.  Suitable for all ages. limited to 13 students.  Register early - this section fills first!


     B) Morning Chess (9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon) Beginner & Intermediate instructional program (see above). Recommended for younger students. Limited enrollment (5).



        C)  Afternoon  (2:00 - 3:30*)  Beginner & Intermediate instruction, including online matches with other students and appropriate online members.  Online play may continue on Chess.com after the Zoom meeting ends.  Each day's games may form part of the following day's instruction and analysis.  Limited enrollment.



    All students will receive access to chess study materials, a club-rating, and a free  membership in the Chess.com on-line program.


 ENROLLMENT:  Registration limited to 13 full day (5 half day) students per week.


                    Full-Day Sections: $300 1st week 

                                   $280/week additional weeks   


                    Half-Day Sections: $180 1st week  

                                    $170/week additional weeks


                    Online Zoom Sections: $100 per week  



                    Before-Care Daily : 8-9 AM $15

                    After-Care Daily:   4-5 PM $15



or phone: 301-712-8564 with questions.

All sessions take place at the
C&O Family Chess Center
217 West Diamond Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD  20877

registration may be made using the forms linked above. 

If you can't access forms, you may request them from us by E-mail or phone.
Online registration may be made at

E-mail: Redross26chess@gmail.com
Phone: 301-712-8564


  Some Past Summer Program Pictures & References 


Swimming Hole Swing at Seneca Creek, Week 7              Full Day Program, August, 2008     C&O-FCC 

"My daughter... in a year long chess program with coach Omar... loved it.  ...I was impressed with [his] teaching skills and knowledge.  His methods are well suited to children of all ages. ...Our daughter is excited to continue with coach Omar again..."                                                                           -- Mr. & Mrs. M. Munter, Bethesda, MD 

     "On the C&O Canal," Week 8                                            Full Day Program, August, 2008     C&O-FCC

"Our son... has absolutely loved your scholastic and camp programs and looks forward to them - chess has become an important hobby and interest of his... a passion... Great work by you all!"     -- Mr. & Mrs. P. Koenig, Poolesville, MD

"Opening the Lock," C&O Canal, Week 8                                         Full Day Program, August, 2008     C&O-FCC

"My daughter... has been going to their chess classes... for 4 years [and also] to Spring Break and Summer sessions.  ...This is one thing that she never needs to be pushed to.  She has made great progress [and] is a decent chess player now. ...They are skillful and professional."                                                    -- Mrs. J. Sun, Germantown, MD

 "My son... really enjoyed the programs... and also the Black Knights tournaments...  [He] started with a minimum experience and within 3 years he was able to compete at the national and international level.  We as parents... really enjoyed every moment to be involved with the chess center... I would definitely recommend... the C&O Chess Center
as a great option to play and learn chess."        -- Dr. N. Shankar, MD, Germantown, MD 

 Chess in Seneca Creek State Park                                                  Full Day Program, July, 2003     C&O-FCC

"My daughter,... 7, has not attended any of the camps.  However, she has been enrolled in the Saturday Morning Chess Club at Lakeforest Mall for almost a year now. I must say that [she] very much enjoys going there... She has improved her chess skills over the year and I hope she will do the same in the Fall again.  She benefits from the environment the
club provides... plays games with other kids and with my help goes over the analysis [provided].  [Coach Omar] has been able to give her several one-on-one lessons which are very useful in understanding subtleties of the game.  ...To conclude, the chess club... has been a very conducive atmosphere for my daughter to learn chess." 

-- Mr. R. Tumkur, Rockville, MD


Tubing on Seneca Creek                                                                  Full Day Program, June, 2006     C&O-FCC


At Cunningham Falls                                                                                    Full Day Program, June, 2006     C&O-FCC


            "At the Top," Sugarloaf Mountain                Full Day Program, August, 2005     C&O-FCC

A "motley crew," Week 8 Campers                        Morning Program, August, 2008     C&O-FCC