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Chess for Children Program



The Nashville Chess Center's Chess for Children Program is a primary focus of our organization. We teach chess to secondary and elementary age students in order to promote the benefits of chess that “translate” into other aspects of life.

These benefits include:

  • Enhanced problem solving and logical reasoning skills
  • Increased attention span
  • Improved patience and self-esteem
  • Demonstrated correlation between the study of chess and increased math and reading standardized test scores.

The Chess for Children Program is designed to demonstrate these benefits by analyzing the academic performance and social behavior of children in the program by comparison with prior performance, as well as in comparison with other students not involved in the program. Academic comparison focuses on both classroom grades and standardized test scores.


Since 2000, NCC-sponsored chess programs have consistently served over one thousand students annually.

Schools and organizations where NCC scholastic programs have been hosted include:


Bailey Middle School

J.T. Moore Middle School

Bass Middle School

Jere Baxter Middle School

Battle Ground Academy

Julia Green Elementary 

Cameron Middle School

Kenrose Elmentary

Carter Lawrence Elementary 

Linden Corner School

Christ Presbyterian Academy

Lipscomb Elementary

Christ the King School

Maplewood High School

Crieve-Hall Elementary

Margaret Maddox YMCA

Crockett Elementary  

Meigs Magnet School

Curry-Ingram Academy

Meigs Middle School (Decatur, TN)

Donelson Christian Academy

Murfreesboro YMCA

Donelson Middle School 

Napier Elementary

Eakin Elementary School

Oak Hill School

Ensworth Academy

Page High School

Franklin Road Academy

Page Middle School

Glencliff High School

Pearl-Cohn High School

Glenview Elementary School

Pennington Elementary

Gra-Mar Middle School

Percy Priest Elementary

Granberry Elementary

Percy Priest High School

Grassland Elementary

Pope John Paul High School

Grassland Middle School

Ross Elementary

Harding Academy

Rutherford Tutorial Academy

Hattie Cotton Elementary

St. Edwards School

Head Magnet School

Two Rivers Middle School

Highland Heights Middle School

University School of Nashville

Holy Rosary Elementary

West End Middle School

Hume-Fogg Magnet High School

Westmeade Elementary School

Indian Lake Elementary

Whitsitt Elementary

Valor Collegiate Academy
Nashville Classical
Edmondson Elementary
Our Savior Lutheran Academy 
Sunset Elementary School
Lipscomb Academy Elementary 
Lipscomb Academy Middle 
The Easley Community Center 
The Overbrook School 
Franklin Classical School 
LEAD Academy 
KIPP Academy 
John Early Middle School 

Explore School 
Wright Middle School
The Kirkpatrick Center 
St. Paul Christian Academy 
Thomas Edison Elementary
St. Bernard Academy 
Hull-Jackson Elementary
Glendale Elementary 
Stanford Montessori 
Nashville Prep. 
The Bellevue Home School 
Heritage Elementary