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The Chess Challenge curriculum uses chess as a learning tool to increase academic achievement. Our specially designed curriculum is literacy-based, using chess as a vehicle for improving reading, writing, speaking, thinking and listening skills. Additionally, the goal of this curriculum is for students to transfer fundamental chess principles to their lives, such as good decision-making, goal setting, and accountability for one’s actions.

Students in the program maintain resource journals, read, write and share ideas about chess-related prose and poetry. Each session includes instruction as well as coached open play and reflections on how chess is like life.

Chess Challenge provides all the necessary equipment often in partnership with our schools or sites, including classroom chess sets and student reading materials. Each student in the program also receives a take-home chess set so that they may play and practice with friends and relatives.