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CHESS-ED – providing  professional chess  instruction and so much MORE!


Intellectual Benefits


  • Chess improves schoolwork and grades.  Numerous studies have shown that children who play chess obtain higher reading and math levels.   As such, playing chess results in an overall greater learning ability which in turn increases self-esteem.

  • Chess develops and improves memory.  Learning chess theory, different opening variations and patterns keeps our minds sharp.

  • Chess improves concentration.  We must be focused on the task in front of us during the game.

  • Chess develops logical and strategic thinking by teaching us to make better choices and to search for the best and most efficient way to accomplish our goal.

  • Chess thereby improves our performance in all other activities. Besides the above benefits, chess develops our critical and analytical thinking, spatial reasoning and patience. In developing these life skills, chess helps us achieve greater success in all we due.


Emotional Benefits


  • Chess develops imagination and builds creative minds.  It encourages us to be inventive.

  • Chess teaches independence. 

  • Chess is a test of patience, nerves, willpower, and concentration. 


Social Benefits


  • Chess enhances our ability to interact with other people. 

  • Chess opens up the world for us.  It is a universal language.  Most tournaments welcome players of all abilities.  It provides us with numerous opportunities to travel around the country, and even the world.

  • Chess enables us to meet many interesting people and encourages us to make new friends.

  • Chess is a game for all people of all ages and is fun. 

  • Chess can be learned at any age, and unlike other sports, we never have to stop playing.

  • Chess allows girls and boysto compete against one another in a socially acceptable manner.


Sportsmanship Benefits


  • Chess tests out sportsmanship in a competitive environment, giving us an opportunity to learn how to win graciously and how to improve our skills through loss.  There is only losing when we don’t try or choose not to learn from the experience.

  • Chess requires us to make important decisions influenced only by own judgment and to accept the consequences of our actions.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Aciego R. Garcia, L &Betancort, M (2012)The benefits of Chess for the Intellectual and Social-Emotional Enrichment of Schooolchildren, The Spanish Journal of Psychology 2012. Vol. 15, No. 2, 551-559.[1].pdf

CHESS-ED founded in 2003 is the premier provider of chess enrichment classes in schools and the sponsor of KUMBAYA tournaments, workshops and chess camps. At CHESS-ED, we teach skills that last a lifetime: focus, patience, and problem solving.

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Chess-Ed's, Chess Master-Shiva Maharaj with Magnus Carlsen!

Chess-Ed's, Shiva Maharaj (International FIDE Trainer) with Magnus Carlsen!

** Shiva Maharaj-Has trained numerous students who have gone on to become Chess Masters. One of them, most notable Jacob Furfine, is currently a student at MIT.

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Our instructors Nick Polson a highly recognized professor in the Booth Ph.D. Program at the University of Chicago and Shiva Maharaj, an International Certified Trainer, bridging the gap between Artificial intelligence and Chess 


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