Chess Academy Enrichment Programming

High School

Commonly Asked Questions

What is Chess Academy?

Chess Academy is an innovative and successful enrichment program that uses chess as a learning tool to improve students’ problem-solving abilities and critical thinking skills in the areas of logic, pattern recognition, perception, coordination, spatial relations, decision-making, and visualization.

What is the goal of Chess Academy?

Our goal is to increase the critical and independent thinking abilities, confidence, self-respect, and skills necessary for lifelong research and learning of each student. Our program offers the students something they can use for the rest of their lives, as opposed to the next standardized test. We believe that our program will allow the students to make better decisions, improve focus and concentration, and learn better.

Why Chess Academy?

“The study of chess hones logical and critical thinking abilities, abilities in very high demand in our increasingly technical world. These are the very same abilities used in mathematics and science; thus a child who develops an interest in one is naturally more likely to be receptive to the other. The links between mathematics and chess are well documented, from the incredible dominance of the mathematician E. Lasker as world chess champion, to the feat of programming that resulted in the computer Deep Blue defeating world chess champion Garry Kasparov. Mathematical ability opens many doors for young people, and chess may be a way to unlock mathematics for your child.

Russian mathematicians tend to be the strongest in the world, similarly for Russian chess players. Coincidence? I doubt it.

Chess Academy is a Educational Services Provider that fosters interest in mathematics and science through the beautiful game of chess. This novel approach is at the cutting edge of a nationwide movement in education that recognizes, and attempts to capitalize on, the myriad benefits of the study of chess for fostering intellectual and mathematical development in American students.”

S.R. Doty, Professor of Mathematics

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