The U.S. Chess Center teaches chess to children and teens as a means of improving their academic and social skills.

Since 1992 we have taught more than 35,000 children the rules, strategy, discipline and etiquette of the game. Students from throughout the Washington metropolitan area meet as friends and equals over the chessboard at our weekend classes, tournaments, and special events. We have hosted World Champion Garry Kasparov, the national champions of Nigeria and Montenegro, and International Grandmasters including Maurice Ashley, the first African-American Grandmaster. Our students have played Internet matches with students from the Czech Republic, China, Norway, and Montenegro.

Notable accomplishments:

Where we've been teaching chess:

In addition, many dozens of schools and youth centers around the country use our lesson plan.

Where we've held special exhibitions: