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Supporting students as they develop the necessary skills for the classroom and life — through chess

Using Chess to build self-confidence and control, and keep families together

Shokei, who had always struggled with concentration, was homeschooled throughout the pandemic, and his focus worsened. 

Within weeks of joining chess club, he found confidence and concentration, and soon  could focus on schoolwork and extracurricular activities in a way he had struggled with before.

"Before chess, Shokei couldn't even sit for 15 seconds to focus on anything before wanting to move to something else," said his father.

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Our Schools and Community

Chess for Success has programs in 11 counties and 25 school districts  in the Oregon and SW Washington area - and we’re growing every year!

Our journey to empower students through chess is a collective effort, and it wouldn't be possible without the invaluable contributions of our community partners. Together, we strive to create a brighter future for our children, one move at a time.

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Leadership & Staff

With a committed team, we celebrate the opportunity to make a difference in students’ lives.

 Our organization is built upon a dedicated core team of staff, a network of incredibly talented coaches, and the guidance of our wonderful board of directors. Together, we form a dynamic and passionate community committed to our mission and the positive impact we aim to make.

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Chess for Success has been using chess to positively impact school-aged children’s skills since 1996.

Find out more about the evolution of our organization and the students we’ve helped along the way.

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