Hear from our parents
“As soon as our son began learning chess with Diplomat Chess, he loved it. Their love and understanding of the game is always evident. Not only is our son learning and honing his chess skills, he is also learning to navigate hard life lessons. There are valuable lessons in chess that span far wider than the game, and the instructors knows how to highlight and enforce those in a kind and thoughtful way. We didn’t expect our eight year old to be beating us at chess quite this soon, but we’ll take it!” - Katie, Parent
We have led chess clubs in dozens of schools, community centers, and even an Air Force base. They typically meet for an hour per week, and the time is split between an interactive lesson, thematic chess activities, and supervised play. Lessons depend on the group of children, but they range from learning the rules to advanced tournament strategies. Game time is structured using a "ladder system" to ensure players are paired with someone close to their own skill level. Enrichment clubs can be held before or after school.
Chess classes during school hours? Yes!
And they will be taught by a certified elementary school teacher! Our instructors have over three years experience teaching chess as a subject for grades K-4. Students typically have chess class once per week, and Diplomat Chess has fully developed curricula for each grade.
Instruction takes place at the student's home or a location of their preference. Lessons are customized to each student, but typically include tactical work, strategic understanding, endgame technique, and game analysis. We don’t focus on rote memorization, but instead teach a thinking framework that allows my students to navigate a variety of chess positions.
Robert has chaperoned teams to over fifty local, regional, and national tournaments. He'll happily reserve a team room, give a pre-tournament group lesson, provide individual game analysis, and general supervision of children. Usually used in conjunction with a chess club, tournament coaching is one of the most effective ways for rapid improvement.