Inspired by the numerous educational, therapeutic, and social benefits of chess, Chess Corps was established to provide a venue for individuals of all ages, abilities, and skill levels to pursue intellectual challenge, personal growth and recreational satisfaction through the exploration of chess. Through its numerous chess programs and special events, Chess Corps effectively

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reaches out to a diverse group of individuals in the community and provides inclusive, stimulating educational and recreational environments.

Chess Corps Mission
The mission of Chess Corps is to enrich the lives of children, adolescents, and adults, through the development and provision of innovative educational, rehabilitative, and therapeutic chess programs that foster the development of a community of lifelong learners who through knowledge and appreciation of chess demonstrate understanding, compassion, and respect for individual differences. The objectives of all Chess Corps programs are to:

  • Educate the public on all aspects of the game of chess, including its history, strategies, and contributions to culture and socialization of communities;
  • Provide a challenging, stimulating, and supportive learning environment;
  • Promote scholarship and research into the potential of chess to transform communities; and
  • Improve social conditions through the play of chess.

Chess Corps Programs
Over the past several years, Chess Corps has worked diligently towards accomplishing this mission by offering the following innovative educational, rehabilitative, and therapeutic chess programs:

  • Chess Studio on the Hill
  • Headquarters in the Village
  • Chess Corps at Watertown Boys and Girls Club
  • Chess Corps at Lexington Montessori School
  • Chess Corps at YMCA Newton
  • Chess Corps at Dana Farber Cancer Center
  • Chess Corps at Veterans Administration Hospital

What make Chess Corps learning environments unique are the large per student investment of resources, the innovative, multimedia learning tools offered, the multigenerational learning community, and the high caliber of our professional faculty and staff. Our teaching professionals are patient, caring, open-minded, experienced and well-established members of the chess community who provide our learners with a tremendous amount of personal attention.

Chess Corps programs are tailored to the broad spectrum of learning differences and human capabilities. One program involves an innovative approach to both physical and intellectual rehabilitation through the use of chess as a recreational therapy. Another program provides young people with the opportunity to enhance their potential in the educational and social domains through

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chess education and participation. Additionally, Chess Corps offers students the opportunity to learn individually and in group settings, guided by single or multiple instructors, to accommodate individuals of different learning styles and preferences.

At Chess Corps, we believe that learning is bidirectional, and that adults can learn from children just as children can learn from adults. It is our hope that this type of atmosphere will encourage younger members of the Chess Corps community to actively participate in various aspects of the learning process and develop a greater sense of responsibility and confidence.