Introducing StoryTime Chess!

Chess At Three has been keeping some pretty exciting news under wraps. Over the past several months we have been working hard to develop a revolutionary, new chess game that will enable parents to teach their children how to play chess (or practice what they’ve been learning through their chess lessons) in the comfort of their own home.

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Through working with Ryan Terry, a former Disney illustrator, we have brought the Chess At Three characters to life in vibrant, full color. Pictured below is a sketch of King Shaky, King Chomper, Queen Allegra and Queen Bella.

With one convenient chess set, novice chess players of any age can easily learn the basics, such as how each chess piece moves. Through learning all about the characters and our unique Chess At Three stories, beginners will learn how to eventually play a full, traditional game of chess.

When can you get Story Time Chess in your home?  

Simply head to and sign up to receive more info on our Kickstarter campaign to launch this revolutionary, educational game.


4 Lessons Chess Teaches

Chess is a centuries old game and, like many things that withstand the test of time, it is a game of virtue and value. 

Chess teaches children invaluable lessons that will positively impact them both in school and at home. The game of chess teaches imperative life skills, such as taking turns, thinking beyond the present moment and demonstrating sportsmanship. With Chess At Three’s innovative, story-telling based curriculum, children as young as THREE years old have begun learning (and loving) this incredibly beneficial game.

While there are many reasons we believe all kids will benefit from learning how to play chess, this month we want to focus on four fantastic lessons that chess will teach your child.

Lesson #1 - Chess teaches kids how to take turns.

Parents and educators know that teaching kids how to take turns can be difficult, especially with children as young as three years old. While it may seem like a simple life skill, learning how to sit patiently and wait your turn is a hurdle for many young kids. Learning how to take turns is an important aspect of emotional intelligence (source). If you want to help your child mature their emotional intelligence, sign them up for Chess at Three’s story-based private lessons.

Lesson #2 -  Chess teaches kids how to lose.

Speaking of emotional intelligence, playing the game of chess teaches young children imperative sportsmanship skills. Chess At Three goes against the grain, in regards to the “everybody wins” mentality. While playing chess, children experience both the excitement of winning and the disappointment of losing. Our students learn how to graciously lose and we always finish a game with a handshake. This is a very emotionally mature form of sportsmanship for young kids.

Lesson #3 - Chess teaches kids how to critically think.

It almost goes without saying that chess teaches children how to think critically. After familiarizing our students with the chess “characters” (pieces), they begin to learn how to think critically about the way each piece should move around the board. Our Chess At Three students learn how to think creatively, they gain pattern recognition skills and even abstract reasoning. The critical thinking skills that develop through the game of chess are plentiful and they pay off academically.

Our students absolutely love the Chess at Three program. The program not only teaches the game of chess and develops critical thinking skills, but also fosters positive teamwork among young learners. This program is sure to be a great addition to any preschool curriculum.” — Stephanie Lane, Director of Education – Exton, PA

Lesson #4 - Chess teaches kids problem-solving skills.

Lastly, chess teaches children how to solve problems. Even when faced with a complex challenge our chess students are encouraged to think strategically about the problem. Problem-solving skills will benefit children their entire lifetime, yet it is often a hard thing to teach in school. The Chess At Three curriculum is a proven way to teach kids how to problem-solve.

With Chess at Three, students gravitate towards chess as a fun, wonderful activity that they want to do. Without realizing it, they are strengthening their mental capacity and problem solving skills, which will help them in other subjects too.” — Bill Swan, Owner and Principal – New York City Goddard School

In short, we firmly believe chess is the most beneficial game in the world and we love being able to bring this game to children at the record-breaking young age of three years old! Our team would love to teach your kids how to play chess through our fun, captivating stories. Email us at or call us at 844-692-2437 today to learn more and enroll your children in the Chess At Three program!


Written by Peg Theobald


Avoid the Summer Slide: Spend Your Summer with Chess At Three

Avoid the Summer Slide: Spend Your Summer with Chess At Three

Summer is right around the corner and now is the time to start thinking about that infamous summer slide. We hate to break it to you, but summer learning loss is a very real thing. In fact, John’s Hopkins published a research article on this exact topic. We appreciate the compelling research they put forth and it only further ignites our passion to help children stay sharp and academically engaged throughout the summer.

How To Help Your Child Have An Amazing Summer

Photo via Pixabay by Skitterphoto

Photo via Pixabay by Skitterphoto

Summer is a great time for activities and creativity, but for some kids, having no structure to the days means boredom and getting into trouble. It’s important to find out what your child is interested in and help them create a schedule of sorts for the summer months.

While you don’t have to fill every day with an activity, there are several simple ways to give your child a fun summer while keeping them safe and happy. Here are a few of the best. 

Start a Project

Most kids have some sort of creative spark, so help them find and cultivate it this summer. Whether they enjoy drawing, singing, or photography, there are many ways for your child to express himself. Create a project with him that he can work on all summer, such as taking photographs every day to create a scrapbook before school starts, or teach your child how to bake. Encourage him to document his summer journey to share with friends and family.

Share a Passion

Find ways to bond with your child that will allow her to have fun at the same time. Join a sports team together, or learn a new language with an app like Duolingo. You can also volunteer with your child and feed the homeless, or work with an organization like Habitat For Humanity to help build homes for the less fortunate. 

Time to Learn

Speaking of learning something new, summer provides a great time for your child to discover other areas of interest. Whether it’s through camp (like soccer, art, theater, or robotics) or private lessons (like chess, foreign language, or swimming) your child can have fun and get a chance to learn something that can become a lifelong hobby or activity. 


One of the best things about summer is that it’s easy to find things to do outdoors. Let your child’s adventurous spirit shine through and allow him to explore a bit. Go for a walk at a park and have him find interesting rocks or leaves. Look for ladybugs or fireflies. Create your own fun outside with water balloons, sidewalk chalk, and bubbles. 

Start New Traditions

One way to get kids away from the television and engaged is to try new things. Have a “carpet picnic” for dinner one night on an old blanket rather than sitting at the kitchen table. Find an old drive-in and catch a movie. Check out unique local shops and restaurants. You can even have a family game night once a week. 

Do Random Acts of Kindness

Think of some ways you can be kind to your community. You might build your own “little free library” full of books for the neighborhood to share, or hand out wildflower seeds to your child’s friends and encourage them to plant flowers to save the bee population. You can think on a smaller, more personal scale, as well; hide a couple of dollars behind some toys at the dollar store as a nice surprise for the next child who comes along, or pay for the car behind you in line at the drive-thru. These random acts of kindness can become a sort of project for you and your child and will help teach them to be thoughtful toward others. 

Get Old-fashioned

Make it a point to put away all things technological for a day and let your child see what it’s like to live without television, a microwave, and a smartphone. While it may sound like torture, it may help your child use his imagination more, get creative and active, and find ways to entertain himself rather than relying on a screen. You can take it one step further and make dinner from scratch, and ask your child to help you.

Remember, you don’t have to schedule the entire summer. Find small ways to make a big difference in your child’s summer and help them have fun while they’re learning and staying engaged. 

Written by Laura Pearson

Why Teach Chess to Young Children?

The game of chess, long considered a game for elite intellectuals or older individuals, has recently seen a resurgence among younger students. Chess lessons and clubs are now ubiquitous throughout many NYC elementary and secondary schools. Chess At Three, has revolutionized the game of chess, now teaching chess to children as young as THREE years old. Teaching children chess at the preschool level helps propel them ahead of the curve, so they are confident in the game and equipped to participate and even compete when they get older.

Beyond that, there is copious research to support the many cognitive benefits that stem from learning the game of chess, such as strengthened academic performance, improved test scores, increased IQs and enhanced arithmetic skills and critical thinking.

Why Chess at Three?


Moreover, learning how to play chess instills confidence within a child and even boosts their emotional intelligence. As our founder, Tyler Schwartz, has said, “With Chess At Three’s curriculum, we pay attention to the unexpected benefit of emotional intelligence from chess. Children will have to deal with the elation of winning and the disappointment of losing, sometimes for the first time.”

We Are The Authority in Early Childhood Chess

Chess At Three is the authority in early childhood chess. We understand the profound benefits of chess and the effectiveness of learning through storytelling. Our mission is to extend the benefits of chess through the power of storytelling. We create an unforgettable and interactive learning environment which teaches 100% of our children, as young as the age of three, to play and fall in love with chess.   

A typical Chess at Three lesson teaches children much more than the rudimentary rules of chess. In an era of “everybody wins a trophy” many kids struggle with learning how to graciously win and lose. Our Chess at Three kids learn the importance of sportsmanship and they honor one another with a handshake at the end of each game. We also teach kids chess history and math, and our Certified Storytellers (aka “chess tutors”) even help kids get their wiggles out with physical movements (“chessercizes”).

Chess at Three is now being taught in preschool curriculum around the country, reaching as many as 14,000 children each week. Help your child get ahead through the many benefits of learning chess at a young age. Call us to schedule your first chess lesson TODAY!  (844)-692-2437