Due to the success and passion the players have, classes have increased to 90 mins each
The Juniors team (grades 1 to 4) meets 9 weeks 3pm-4:00pm: TUES, starting 4/9 
The Seniors team (grades 5 to 8) meets 9 weeks 3pm-4:30pm: FRI, starting 4/12
Cost for both groups: $270. Registration on DIG website or by check/cash 
New Team members must fill out and return the waiver to Coach at the first lesson:
Tournament information can be found at our page:
- Each person orders individually.
- Ordering will be done completely online.
- Payment can be done via PayPal, but you can also pay via regular credit card. 
- Shirts will be delivered to Coach Erin to distribute to the players at their regular session 
The Team Shirts will allow you to customize the back.  Many prefer to have a "chess name' or nickname vs. your child's actual first or last name.  You may also choose to have your favorite chess piece which would reside under the name.  The front of the shirt will not be customizable, as this will unite the team as one wearing the same. 
Follow this link to place your order:



Help your kids improve their problem solving, abstract reasoning, strategic thinking, patience, and sportsmanship skills by learning to play chess. Studies show that chess helps children focus, and become creative thinkers.


As president of the Connecticut State Chess Association Jim Celone says, “Through chess, we learn how to analyze a situation by focusing on important factors and by eliminating distractions. We learn to devise creative solutions and put a plan into action.”


Our Lady of Fatima School provides a great environment in which to teach our kids these skills and prepare them for life ahead.


The Chess Team will practice together, be taught skills for a competitive environment, and participate in Tournaments over the course of the year.  There are two sessions, each 10 weeks.  The Winter season starts late January. 


  1. WHAT:Chess Lessons, Games, and Tournaments; Competition Shirts
  2. WHO: Grades 1 through 8, Fatima and non-Fatima students
  3. WHEN: Practice takes place ONCE per week
    1. A practice for Juniors, Grades 1-4,  3:00-4:00pm
    2. A practice for Seniors, Grades 5-8,  3:00-4:30pm
  4. WHERE: MAKER SPACE (Our Lady of Fatima, downstairs)
  5. WHO COACHES: Certified professional chess coaches of DIG USA
  6. HOW MUCH:
 * If you want to join, but can't until a little later in the season, please contact Dan Starbuck Pelletier of DIG USA at 
Fatima partners with Team DIG USA to give back to Connecticut
We’re excited to begin our inaugural chess season under the tutelage of Team DIG USA. Wilton native and long-time friend of Our Lady of Fatima School, Dan Starbuck Pelletier, founded Team DIG to provide both chess and soccer to children in southwest Connecticut in 2014.
Beyond teaching lessons in Fairfield County, Team DIG provides a “lesson-for-lesson” model wherein for each paid lesson provided, Dan and his team provide a free lesson to students in North Hartford, Bridgeport, or Nowalk. Often, Fairfield county students get the opportunity to help teach underprivileged kids. We look forward to joining Dan and Team DIG to give back at Norwalk sessions in the future! As with so many of our Service Above Self acts, students are eligible for service credits when participating in 'Lesson for Lesson'.
Starting on November 8th, an American named Fabiano will be competing against Magnus Carlson for the World Chess Championship.  It's the first time an American has made it this far since Bobby Fischer in 1972. You can get to know Fabiano in this interview here: