Students who play in tournaments improve quickly.

Lesson Plans


  • Our lesson plans are designed assuming that neither the teacher nor the students have substantial experience with chess. The lessons are updated occasionally and may be downloaded for free as pdf files.

  • These lessons plans are being used in successful chess clubs throughout the country.



    Each of these lessons is a chapter in the book and may be downloaded and printed. We hope soon to allow you to see videos of each lesson being taught.

    Why teach chess?

    Chess helps students improve their mental abilities, such as:

  • problem solving
  • critical thinking
  • pattern recognition
  • planning ahead
  • spatial awareness
  • focus and concentration

  • Chess teaches students that there are consequences for their actions and that making good decisions based on planning and reasoning has happier outcomes than being impulsive and making poor decisions.

    You do not need to be a great chess player to teach chess. You need to be able to follow a lesson plan and you need to find time consistently to allow the students to learn.

    Chess is not an academic subject, yet chess players become better students. Chess is an amazing tool in the hands of educators as it produces students more ready to pay attention and learn.

    Some of our best chess teachers did not know even the rules of the game when they began teaching chess. They had open minds and the desire to learn along with their students. They now are convinced that chess is an extremely valuable tool to use in the classroom.

    They followed our lesson plan; now they have great classes with happier, more productive students.