About Us

Academic Chess was founded in 1994 and has been teaching chess to elementary students ever since. Academic Chess has fostered a passion for chess in tens of thousands of students, including the youngest National Master in U.S. history.

We are devoted to promoting the merits of chess among children by using stories, dances, and catchy songs to make the game of chess exciting and easy to understand.  This wonderful learning experience not only teaches children to play chess, but also prepares them for life by enhancing their thought process.  Children participating in our program: Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills; Have better concentration and mental discipline; Gain confidence and have lots of FUN!!!

How we make a  S P L A S H  at your campus...

In-School Chess Lesson
We prepare a spreadsheet using your school’s bell schedule so teachers may select a day and time for us to visit their classrooms and introduce chess with a dynamic presentation. These lessons are specially tailored by grade level and include piece movement, check and checkmate and special rules of chess.

Best of all, we provide these presentations at zero cost to your school and its students.

After-School Chess Club
We bring our team of instructors, chess books, prizes, and years of experience to your campus each week for this 1 hour chess club.  Kids learn chess strategies, chess openings, solve chess diagrams and puzzles. A one hour chess class would consists of 30 minutes of chess lesson and 30 minutes of playing time.

All students in chess club receive an exclusive Academic Chess workbook, prizes for good sportsmanship and participate in the “BIG TOURNAMENT” on the last day where all kids take home a prize!

Although Academic Chess has what it takes to teach all the way to master level, in our after school chess program we try to make chess as fun as possible, and give the kids the tools they will need to study chess on their own. Since no organization can claim to make a chess master in just a one-two hour session a week, we instead emphasize the fun over the competitive elements while still being a "good sport" to try to get our kids excited about chess and its strategies, so that they can put the time on their own into mastering chess.