Chess Club

Phil’s chess club is available to students who are interested in learning, playing, and developing skills in recreational and/or competitive chess. Whether you want to improve your Petrov’s Defence, Elephant’s Gambit, or simply want to learn the basics, Phil will steer you through the strategic and noble game of chess. Playing opponents in a friendly and supportive environment, Phil will support you in developing strategy, planning and execution of all the right moves towards checkmate. Students will explore the history and theory of chess, who the masters are, and how ‘Deep Blue’ became the first computer to beat a reigning world champion. Phil’s wealth of knowledge brings the game to life for students looking to improve their game-play, develop new tactical approaches, and identify ways to forward plan strategy.

Your Educator – Phil Staines

Philip spent his teenage years in Vancouver dreaming of stardom before moving to London to pursue a career in the music business as a professional drummer. He worked as a session musician before embarking on a full time recording and worldwide touring pathway. It was during this time that he developed a taste for film making. He then gained a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree in Film and Video at the London College of Printing going on to work as a broadcast editor, cutting documentary programs and television commercials.

Philip always had a desire to become a teacher and in 2010 completed a post graduate program in education at the University of London. During the course, he became interested in the Praxis curriculum model, an approach to teaching that incorporates experiential learning scenarios. In 2011, he began working at one of the Britain’s top performing state schools teaching digital creative media. He built a successful department before returning to Vancouver in 2019.

Philip likes to indulge in cinema, jazz, classic and alternative literature and playing the drums.

How much does it cost?


When is it?


3:15 -4:00 pm

What are the dates?
All year: September 7th-June 17th

What ages is it appropriate for?


What credits can be earned?


Contact us to sign up

To be eligible for credit for this class, students must be enrolled in an accredited distance learning program.
For full details on our cancellation policy, please our Payment & Cancellation Policy page.