…it’s more than a game. Championship Chess® specializes in scholastic chess, offering classes, instruction and a complete curriculum designed to teach chess to children. Whatever tools you need, Championship Chess has them: videos, books, coaching and equipment. We provide an experienced instructor to teach lessons that are directed toward each child’s ability. We specialize in an incremental approach to teaching the game of chess. Students become comfortable with each piece through “Pawn Games.” After the Basics class, students continue with Openings, Tactics and Endgames.

Studies have shown many benefits to chess. Playing chess can raise IQ scores, strengthen problem-solving skills, enhance memory, reading, language, and math abilities and foster creative thinking. It also teaches children to think logically and aids with concentration. Not surprisingly, there are enthusiastic parents at every school who would like to start a chess program, but it is a big job. Let Championship Chess do it for your school. We make the process easy. Here is how to start a chess program in your school:

1. Get permission from the school principal or the PTA to offer a chess class.

2. Championship Chess will provide a flyer to send out to students to determine interest.

3. Championship Chess will then take registrations, provide all the materials and a coach for the classroom sessions. Our chess coaches are trained chess players and instructors. They have been background checked and screened to ensure they are effective coaches able to teach in a way children can easily understand.

4. Each class is generally one hour long after school, one day per week. The time of the program, length and number of sessions can be flexible depending on the needs or desires of the school and the participants, however 10 week sessions are recommended.

Public, private, or home schooled – Championship Chess can bring the academic and social benefits of chess to your students. Contact Brian Garbera at or 804-464-1628 for more information or to begin the process.

“Chess teaches foresight, by having to plan ahead; vigilance, by having to keep watch over the whole chessboard; caution, by having to restrain ourselves from making hasty moves; and finally, we learn from chess the greatest maxim in life—that even when everything seems to be going badly for us we should not lose heart, but always hoping for a change for the better, steadfastly continue searching for the solutions to our problems.”

chesspieces– Benjamin Franklin

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