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Chess Challenge in DC seeks to promote the academic, social, and leadership development of youth in the District of Columbia. Using the game of chess, children learn to think strategically; develop self-discipline and positive social skills; and increase their self-esteem.


Chess Challenge in DC is the vision of Richard England. Dick England became inspired by the success of teaching chess in the public schools in cities around the country. He decided to implement a similar program here in DC, not only in the DC Public Schools, but also in community-based organizations that help young people.


Chess Challenge in DC piloted 2 programs in DC Public Middle Schools in the summer of 2008. In the fall of 2008 the number of programs was expanded to five. By winter of 2009 the program was operating at 12 sites. These sites include DC public schools, DC Public Charter schools and youth-oriented non-profit organizations.