Chess changes kids’ lives from Uganda to Seattle

The Queen of Katwe is a real-life story told in a book and Disney live-action movie…and the story continues to develop. At Chess4Life HQ in Bellevue, WA, thousands of students develop Life Skills Through Chess: critical thinking skills, focus, planning, social-emotional skills and more. On the opposite side of the world, similar life-changing results are […]

Your 2018 Nationals Questions Answered

2018 Nationals What is Nationals? Nationals is an annual tournament where elementary chess players from around the country compete! Where will the 2018 Chess Nationals be held? Nashville, TN at the Opryland Hotel How do I know if Nationals is appropriate for my child and how can they qualify? Nationals is an ‘open championship’ meaning […]

Feature Article: Chess4Life and The Queen of Katwe, Phiona Mutesi

  In 2013, our Founder and CEO, Elliott Neff, heard about an inspiring book entitled The Queen of Katwe. This story chronicles the life of a young girl named Phiona Mutesi who was born in Katwe, a Ugandan slum where food, water, and clothes are difficult to come by. Despite her harrowing circumstances, Phiona was […]

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4 Indicators of a Great Summer Program

  Finding a balance between your children’s wants and your needs while piecing together a full summer schedule can be daunting, as there are hundreds of summer programs in the Seattle area to choose from. Which programs are best? Look for programs that have the following four elements, and both your needs and your child’s needs will be met. 1.) Variety Summer offers […]

3 Ways to Achieve Your Best Results at State!

1.) Chess Skill Preparation  PRACTICE CHESS TACTICS AND PUZZLES We recommend approximately 15 minutes per day, 5 days a week. REVIEW PAST TOURNAMENT GAMES Review the last 20-30 tournament games to refresh on where the student could improve or WOULD improve if playing the same game again. PRACTICE ENDGAMES Spend at least 30 minutes reviewing/practicing basic […]