Chess Corps is pleased to announce two new chess programs in the community!


Chess Corps is pleased to offer two new chess programs to the Greater Boston community in 2007! On January 8, 2007, the MetroWest YMCA and its co-sponsor Chess Corps, will offer a chess education program to hundreds of elementary school students in Framingham Public Schools as part of the YMCA's out-of-school time enrichment program. The following week on January 17, 2007, the Newton Free Library, in partnership with Chess Corps, will begin its new monthly chess club, which will be offered free of charge to the public!


The purpose of these two programs is to promote the culture of chess amongst individuals of all ages and backgrounds in the Newton and Framingham communities and surrounding areas. These programs are also aimed at providing a premiere chess education environment to a large number of students, many of whom are of low-income, living with disabilities, and English Language Learners, who may not otherwise be afforded this type of learning opportunity.


Newton Free Library


The Newton Free Library, in partnership with Chess Corps, has created a new monthly Chess Club for chess enthusiasts in the Newton community and neighboring areas. The Chess Club affords library patrons of all ages the opportunity to drop in and practice chess with Chess Corps teachers, led by International Chess Master, Satea Husari.


This year's Chess Club begins on January 17, 2007 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, and meets once per month. Participation in the Chess Club is free and open to the public. While it may be helpful to review the rules of chess before attending, this educational program is open to chess scholars of any skill and experience level.

The  Newton Free Library is located at 330 Homer Street     Newton Centre , MA 02459 . The Library is handicapped accessible. Individuals who require special assistance when attending programs should call (617) 796-1410 during business hours and (617) 796-1360 evenings and weekends. To learn more about the Newton Free Library and to view their Calendar of Events, please visit their web site at:  



MetroWest YMCA


Located in Framingham , MA , the MetroWest YMCA provides affordable and high quality programming for its members living and working in towns throughout MetroWest Massachusetts . The MetroWest YMCA recently received a Massachusetts Department of Education grant to support a rotating set of out-of-school time enrichment programs in five elementary schools in Framingham, MA, namely Barbieri, Dunning, Hemenway, McCarthy and Potter Road Elementary Schools.


As part of this out-of-school time enrichment program, the MetroWest YMCA in partnership with Chess Corps will offer approximately 330 elementary school students, including those of low-income, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners, the opportunity to learn more about chess and to improve their skill level by practicing under the guidance of expert instructors from Chess Corps, including International Master Satea Husari. Chess Corps is delighted to co-sponsor this chess enrichment program with the MetroWest YMCA. The chess curriculum will be aimed at helping these students to expand their critical thinking and problem solving skills, enhance their academic performance, improve their creativity, and develop social skills as well as an overarching respect for individual differences.


The program will meet once per week and will run from mid-January through the end of May 2007.


 Chess Corps is thrilled about these new opportunities to further promote the culture of chess amongst enthusiasts of all ages in the community and would welcome the opportunity to develop more programs of this type in future years.



November 2006

The Joy of Chess
By Elizabeth Eidlitz

Metrowest Daily News
Sunday, November 12, 2006

"Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make people happy." If that claim of famous chessmaster Dr. Seigbert Tarrasch sounds exaggerated, spend a Sunday afternoon at Hebrew College , Newton Centre, where Chess Studio on the Hill is in its fourth season. You might recognize what Tarrasch meant when he explained, "Chess, a form of intellectual productiveness, is one of the greatest joys of human existence."


The creative and social environment of Studio on the Hill, co-sponsored by Chess Corps and Hebrew College , offers competitive and casual play, high level professional instruction, training for tournaments, an eclectic chess library, multimedia learning tools, guest presentations and special chess events. Tuition (scholarships are offered) comes down to $2.75 an hour per lesson and includes refreshments.


A unique public non-profit, Chess Corps ( was founded by venture philanthropist Eric Cushing . He established the flagship program to explore the recreational, social, educational and therapeutic benefits of chess and to meld a group of new and seasoned players of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels into a community of chess scholars who challenge, teach and support one another on a weekly basis.


Chess teaches independence because players are forced to make crucial decisions influenced only by their own judgment. The classic game develops memory, concentration, logical thinking, the capability to put yourself in another's shoes and to foresee consequences of actions.


Beyond good sportsmanship, "it teaches the true winner's psyche," Cushing said. "I asked a 7-year-old, crying because she lost a game, 'Did you learn anything?' because if you received a gift -- learning how to play better -- then you didn't lose.


"As the great player Capablanca observed, 'You may learn much more from a game you lose than from a game you win. You will have to lose hundreds of games before becoming a good player.'"


According to ancient legend, chess, reputed to be in Goethe's words, "the touchstone of the intellect," originated when the ruler of India asked his wise men to devise a way to teach the children of the royal family to become better thinkers and better generals on the battlefield.


Today, Cushing believes that enrichment programs in schools should include chess. "Its educational benefits have been widely researched. Chess has been shown to raise individuals' IQ scores, enhance academic performance in reading and mathematics and strengthen problem solving, critical-thinking and decision-making skills."


Chess Corps offers innovative educational programs not only at Chess Studio on the Hill, but also at locations such as Headquarters in the Village, Watertown Boys and Girls Club, Lexington Montessori School and YMCA Newton.


Cushing, who first saw possibilities of chess when he recognized what it did for a family member who lives with autism, has set up rehabilitative and therapeutic Chess Corps programs at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Roxbury .


At Dana-Farber, kids ages 5 to 11, who play chess after morning blood work, focus on managing an army. "If only for a short time, all that matters," says Cushing, "is what happens in those 64 squares. Flushed and empowered, they meet the day, as they go for chemo treatment."


Cushing envisions a veteran with Parkinson's playing chess with a young cancer patient, exploring chess as a rehabilitative therapy for stroke patients and blind people, supporting "research and development of an idea that could fly."


Today, and next Sunday, Nov. 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Chess Studio on the Hill will meet at Surreal Image Cafe in the Atrium Mall, Brookline, for ice cream, chess, and public exhibition play by Chess Corps faculty, led by International Master Satea Husari, Harvard Chess Club Coach.


Chess is a universal language. While communicating recreationally with anyone over the checkered plain of 64 dark and light squares, you may also discover the chessboard gambits and moves that open a wider world and shape our interactions with it.


July 2005

Chess Corps reaffirms its partnership with Hebrew College to develop new educational resources for chess by awarding $10,000 to establish the Chess Studio on the Hill Fund

Chess Corps is pleased to announce a grant of $10,000 to establish the Chess Studio on the Hill Fund at Hebrew College. The purpose of the fund is to support special events, chess research in education, and student scholarships in chess.

Reflecting on this program partnership between Chess Corps and Hebrew College, David Gordis, Ph.D., President of Hebrew College and cofounder of the Studio, said "Hebrew College is delighted with the partnership that has developed between the College and Chess Corps, providing for the continuing presence of the Chess Studio on the Hill at the College. The nexus of the Jewish experience and the game of chess, with its intellectual and reflective components, has been widely noted. The Chess Studio on the Hill is a venue for further exploring and articulating this nexus. We're grateful to Chess Corps for its support which makes this unique and promising initiative possible."

In praising the partnership, Chess Corps Chairman, Eric Cushing, said, “Chess Corps is delighted to partner with Hebrew College and finds this institution especially qualified to host our international effort in light of the Hebrew College’s mission to serve the community, its emphasis on multiculturalism and ethnic diversity, and its tradition of inclusion for students from all capabilities, backgrounds, and walks of life.”

The Fund will be managed on an ongoing basis and is open to all donors who may be interested in furthering chess education at the College. Donors who contribute will receive honorary listing to be published on this web site.