Chess At 3- A New #FabULyssfind- February 2nd, 2017

We love Chess At Three, a new #FabULyssfind! Below you will find many answers to questions that you might have about young children and chess.

Q: What is the best age to start playing chess and why? What have your discoveries been?



A: While people of all ages (3-93+) benefit from playing chess in a variety of ways, starting at a very young age can jump start early childhood development. We discovered that teaching chess at the surprising age of 3 is both possible and beneficial.


Stories are our powerful tool that we use to engage students and capture their imaginations, while teaching them the rules and strategies of chess. Our stories not only teach chess, but also have our students falling in love with the game. Only by knowing how to play (rules) and having a desire to play (love) can you truly capture the benefits of chess. Benefits like:


  • Increased IQ and creativity
  • Enhanced memory, arithmetic, verbal skills
  • Sharpened critical thinking
  • Boosted socialization, emotional intelligence, self-esteem, and confidence

Q: Do you recommend starting with a one on one session and/or enrolling the child into a class?
A: There are benefits to both one-on-one and group class formats. With the sole focus on one child in a one-on-one session, that child will benefit most in terms of critical thinking. Each question, puzzle, or mini game will be theirs alone to figure out with the guidance of our instructor. A group session spreads the focus across the entire classroom, but it encourages much more socialization and teamwork. Everyone learns from each others mistakes and their love for chess grows that much more when they can re-share the stories with friends.



Q: How long are your one on one sessions? How long are your classes and how many classes are in a semester?



A: One-on-one sessions and group classes are typically 1 hour long. Our core curriculum is a 10 week course that introduces all of the pieces on the chess board. We also have multiple additional 10 weeks courses that teach concepts like beginner strategy, castling, sportsmanship, and more!



Q: Tell our #Divamom blog readers about one of your favorite experiences with one of your younger clients and older clients…

One great story is about little Victoria.  She was so nice and sweet and loved to hear stories about all of our fun chess pieces.  But before any lesson could start, she had a story of her own to share.  She would always tell stories about her kitty cats but it was immediately clear that she was repeating our stories but using her own characters.  She nailed the details, using words she did not know before our lessons, and would even add on to the story.  It became her obsession. It was amazing hearing her stories.  She was very proud of how she crafted them and when it came time to play chess on the board, she knew exactly what to do.  She made the connections herself.  And the world she created with games and stories became huge. She was one of the fastest learning students we’ve had.


Q: Do you teach at different schools? How can a parent or parent coordinator get in touch with you about bringing the program to their school?



A: We teach in multiple school locations. In fact, many of our school programs have started with parents from our one-on-one lessons introducing us to their school. If a parent is looking to bring a new program to their school, please contact us at



Q: When a child enrolls in your program.. what do you suggest the parents do with them at home to encourage them to keep learning and playing when they are not with you?



A: We love to hear stories that our children played games against their friends, brothers, sisters, parents, or grandparents. Our goal is to we inspire your children to play beyond our lessons and apply new skills outside of our classroom. To help facilitate this goal, we send home parent engagement emails that offer highlights of the story that we told in class that day and include the game play that can be practiced at home.



Q: Do you sell Chess games? What are your favorites?



A: We have chess sets that are for sale. They are tournament size full chess sets (32 pieces) with chess mats (boards). Mini games to play at home are also included for free in our parent engagement emails.



Q: Can a child have a Chess At 3 Birthday Party? If so.. what does that party look like and include?



A: Yes. We love birthday parties! We have wonderful stories for all of the children to hear and lots of boards to play chess on. There are many types of fun and silly chess games to be played at a birthday party. We even get the kids up for ‘Chessercises’, where they move around the room like certain pieces on the chess board, and do Chess Charades. Having all of the kids team up against the big teacher is a special treat for everyone.


Q: Anything else you want our #divamoms and #divadads to know about your wonderful program?



A: Help your child get ahead by teaching them chess at a record young age! Data study proven to increase children’s assessment scores by over 18% in just one school year of study!  We guarantee you will love Chess At Three and what it brings for your child.



Q: Please tell our #divamoms the best way to get in touch with you to book a class and or private one on one session… Email, Phone Number and Contact Name…



A: For direct inquiries please reach out to Andrew at Chess At Three: or call us at 1-844-NYC-Chess (1-844-692-2438). Or find out more about us at


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