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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:

Agathos Classical School
Bailey Middle School

Bass Middle School

Battle Ground Academy

Bellevue Home School

Bellshire Design Center

Brentwood Library

Cameron Middle School

Carter Lawrence Elementary 

Christ Presbyterian Academy

Christ the King School

Crieve-Hall Elementary

Crockett Elementary
Croft Middle Design Center

Curry-Ingram Academy

Dan Mills Elementary

Donelson Christian Academy

Donelson Middle School

Eakin Elementary School

Easley Community Center

East End Prep

Edmondson Elementary

Ensworth School

Explore! Community School

Franklin Road Academy

Franklin Classical School

Glencliff High School

Gra-Mar Middle School

Granbery Elementary

Grassland Elementary


Grassland Middle School
Harding Academy
Harpeth Valley Elementary

Hattie Cotton Elementary

Head Magnet School

Heritage Elementary

Highland Heights Middle

Holy Rosary Elementary

Hume-Fogg Magnet High

Hull-Jackson Elementary

Indian Lake Elementary

J.T.Moore Middle School

Jere Baxter Middle School

John Early Middle School

Julia Green Elementary

Kenrose Elementary

KIPP Academy

The Kirkpatrick Center

LEAD Academy

Linden Corner School

Lipscomb Academy Elementary

Lipscomb Academy Middle

Lipscomb Elementary

Lockeland Design Center 

Maplewood High School

Margaret Maddox YMCA

Meigs Magnet School

Meigs Middle School (Decatur, TN)

Murfreesboro YMCA

Napier Elementary School
Nashville Classical School

Nashville Prep.

Oak Hill School

Our Savior Lutheran Academy

Overbrook School

Page High School

Page Middle School

Pearl-Cohn High School

Pennington Elementary

Percy Priest Elementary

Percy Priest High School

Pope John Paul High School

Ross Elementary School

Rutherford Tutorial Academy

St. Bernard Academy

St. Edwards School

St. Paul Christian Academy

Stanford Montessori School

Strive Collegiate Academy

Sunset Elementary

Sylvan Park Elementary

Thomas Edison Elementary

Two Rivers Middle School

University School of Nashville

Valor Collegiate Academy
Warner Arts Magnet Elementary School

West End Middle School

Westhaven Community Center

Westmeade Elementary

Whitsitt Elementary School

Wright Middle School

2020 - 2021 NCC Chess Clubs


The Nashville Chess Center is working hard to provide as many chess clubs as possible during this time by offering a Hybrid Club Option with virtual online sessions or in-person classes.  Use this area to access your school's chess club registration and information pages.