Teaching Life Skills


Mastering Life Skills

More than just a game, chess provides a unique perspective on life. At Chess4Life we teach kids not only how to become better players, but also how to take a strategic approach to life’s challenges. Whether you win, draw, or lose there is always an opportunity to learn and improve.

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Mastering the Game

Utilizing an instructional methodology honed over decades by founder and chess master, Elliott Neff, our coaches have helped thousands of students master their chess game. We are proud to have coached and supported ten national champions, and numerous regional champions.

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Sharing Knowledge

Whether you want to learn the basics of how to play chess or how to start a chess club in your own school or community we have a large selection of resources to help you get started. Our core mission is to promote the benefits of the game of chess to kids across the world.

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Choose us

  • Chess for Kids – At the Chess4Life chess academy kids matter most! Whether you’re looking for a fun and beneficial activity for your child to partake in, or have a budding chess master, we’re committed to providing an engaging and supportive learning environment.
  • Proven Success – Thousands of children have improved their chess game through the Chess4Life curriculum. We offer a tiered learning system that ensures all students are consistently progressing in skill and growing as chess players.
  • Chess For Life – It is our sincere belief that chess is a powerful tool for helping students overcome challenges in life. Beyond academic benefits, chess provides a tactical mindset that leads to improved motivation, character qualities, cooperative skills, leadership abilities and overall well being.

michael-zhou-chess4life-review“Bryan started attending Chess4Life’s camps exactly a year from today. He was a beginning chess player who was placed in the ‘C’ group, the beginner’s group. During the camp, he made friends, learned a lot about chess, and created many fun memories. Ever since that first camp, Bryan’s love for chess has kept growing. He has attended many more Chess4Life camps since then, and now he’s currently the second highest ranked first grader in the state! He loves the classes, camps, and tournaments at Chess4Life so much that we’ve even started using them as an incentive for him completing homework! Thank you to the coaches and staff for always encouraging Bryan, and helping him grow and develop as a chess player and person.”

~ Michael Zhu. Bellevue, WA



The mission of Chess4Life is to positively impact as many children’s lives as possible through the game of chess, imparting life skills, character qualities, and the importance of a set of core values.