Our Methods

A chess lesson consists of 30 dynamic minutes  taught by a Academic Chess instructor. Lessons are aided by a 2-dimensional demonstration board. This Lesson is highly interactive and exciting for the kids. The exact method of relating chess concepts to the students depends upon the grade level being taught.

Play Time:
Lessons are followed by 30 minutes of playtime on tournament sets that Academic Chess provides. The instructors supervise, coach, and play against the students.  Oftentimes the instructors can play many games at once.

Chess Our Way:
There are 6 different pieces in chess, which makes it easy for kids to get them confused. Academic Chess compliments each lesson with story lines and artwork, so that kids are able to learn and remember how each piece moves. All pieces are associated with colorful characters, and chess concepts are presented as imaginative stories centered on these characters. Some pieces even have their own song and dance. We have found that structured silliness aids the kids in remembering the basic rules and theories of chess.

The key to our success is that we do not approach chess club in a dry, boring way. We use stories, rhymes, and dances to bring the pieces to life and get kids excited about playing the Game of Kings. We are proud to say we get students hooked on a game that enhances and encourages logical thinking, problem solving, and foresight.

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 and try to get our kids excited about chess and its strategies, so that they can put the time on their own into mastering chess.