Broward Chess Initiative

A student plays chess in a library.
  • Broward County Public Schools and Chess4Life are partners on a hands-on approach to chess. The Broward Chess Initiative affords all second grade students and all K-12 chess clubs with access to high-quality instruction and participation in a program that engages young minds, teaching critical and creative thinking skills.

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  • Yes, chess! 

    Did you know there are more possible chess games than atoms in the known universe? We say yes to chess! Executive functions including memory, self-control and problem solving are all used and practiced in a game of chess.  Essential skills of focus, choices and planning are all taught and then played out at a chess board.  Players have the unique opportunity to build their mental stamina as well as recover from a mistake and show persistence.  

    Chess now

    Students at Broward County Public Schools have been actively involved in chess thanks to an initiative and with direct services from Chess4life. While  focused on second grade students, all K-12 students and teachers have access to high-quality instruction and resources, including video lessons, puzzles and games.  

    Students and teachers can find the chess app on Clever.

    chess 4 life

    Classroom

    Second grade classrooms around the district have included chess instruction into their learning at school. Teachers have found the online platform with short instructional videos helpful to teach chess topics.  Students enjoy the practice and play option.

    Teacher teaching students

    After-School Clubs

    After-School Clubs are happening around the district and include elementary, middle and high school students. Coaches use the club design and curriculum to help students improve their game and work together as a team at tournaments. There is a club meeting near you.  

    After school clubs     

    Online Classes

    Online after-school chess classes are available throughout the school year with instruction and practice led by one of Chess4Life’s coaches.  Classes typically begin in September and run through June.  Check back here for more information on dates and times of classes. 

    Coach Tom Coach Lane

          Coach Tom               Coach Lane

    Tournaments

    Broward School District tournaments are a fun way for students to use what they have learned in a competitive setting.  Check back here for more information on upcoming tournaments for the 2022/2023 school year. 

    Tournament Championship  Tournament

    Win, Draw or Learn!  

    We know that practice makes progress and that a loss is an opportunity to learn.  Along with the skills of decision making and persistence, positive life skills are encouraged at a chess board. Goal setting, respect, and sportsmanship, are just a few of the positive life skills that are woven into the chess curriculum.

Contact Information

  • Applied Learning

    600 SE Third Avenue

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

    Phone: 754-321-1859

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    Susan M. Cantrick

    Director