The Fun is in the Learning!

Through an innovative approach uniquely our own, Educational Light School of Chess offers a learning experience that sets the standard for excellence in chess instruction. Our curriculum reflects children's interests and builds on their competencies so children grow as thinkers, strategists and gracious competitors, having a great time all the while!

Based in Manhattan and Brooklyn, our school offers curricular, after school and in-home chess classes as well as private lessons for kids of various age groups and skill levels.  We give students the tools and support to pursue chess on their terms;  some enjoy casual play while others choose to compete and our school regularly trains some of the best players in the country!

Because everyone learns in their own way, instructors begin by getting to know their students and how they learn best. Class sizes are very small, with two, and often three, superb teachers per group.

Our extraordinary team of top notch teachers brings a wealth of expertise, life experiences and a passion for teaching. Carefully selected and trained in the Educational Light approach, they enrich their lessons with contexts both historical and literary. Our hand-picked team includes top Grandmasters, International Masters and trainers, all of whom have years if not decades of experience working with young learners.

We look forward to welcoming you to our community!


Why Chess?

Academic Enrichment
Multiple studies indicate that youngsters who learn and practice chess enjoy remarkable growth in areas as diverse as math, language, music and science.

Logical Thinking
Chess enhances children's executive functioning skills enabling them to plan ahead, reason strategically, shift gears and problem solve.

Empathy, Risk-Taking & Resilience
Young chess players are strengthening their resilience - the ability to return and try again after a setback. They are building empathy - for their teammates and their opponents. They are growing as risk takers, ready to jump in when they spot an opportunity.

My kids are generally less than enthusiastic about anything that involves the word lesson (piano lesson, tennis lesson, golf lesson...) with the exception of chess lessons which they love.  Each lesson is an exciting adventure
— Robert, Parent
My son looks forward to his weekly lesson and has quickly advanced to playing in tournaments not because he has to, but because he wants to.
— Jennifer, Parent