Nashville private lessons

Have a Certified Storyteller come to you.

Chess At Three has an international network of Certified Storytellers (Chess Tutors) who provide one-on-one lessons or group sessions in your home.

We utilize a unique cast of characters, in fun and interactive stories; children progressively learn to play chess. Our stories focus on why chess pieces move in their own unique ways and are supported by activities that cement chess knowledge in your child’s mind.

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Alex Thompson
Regional Director Nashville, Chess At Three

As Regional Director and teacher it has been Alex’s distinct pleasure to help Chess at Three’s students engage and grow into not only competent chess players but confident, fair-minded competitors and well-rounded young people.

As a teacher and artist, storytelling has been central to Alex's life. A Pittsburgh native, Alex earned his MA in English Literature from the University of Louisville and has studied, taught and traveled around the world. When he’s not teaching chess, Alex can be found reading voraciously, writing and performing for stage and screen regularly, painting occasionally, and cheering for the Steelers heartily.

Of his many passions, however, teaching chess has been the most rewarding: facilitating young minds to engage this wonderful game with creativity, curiosity, logic, and above all a sense of play -- skills that benefit students not only on the chess board but in life in general. 

Alex would love to help bring Chess at Three’s fun, interactive curriculum to your home or school.

Let’s play!


“Tyler’s stories and lessons have our two children loving chess! We’re proud to have it in our home, and think every child should be learning Chess at Three.”

– Hugh Jackman (Actor)


“The idea of 3 and 4 year olds learning chess seemed like a good idea but I never really believed that the kids 'learned' the game — I am happy to say that I truly believe now! 

When I told my daughter Savannah that her dad knows how to play chess, she was so excited to challenge him to a game of chess. He was tickled by the idea and he began to test her knowledge. I could not contain myself as this little person sat there telling her dad the names of all the pieces and demonstrating how each piece moves.  She actually used the word ‘captured’ — talk about great vocabulary. I wanted to share this, since I know lots of times parents don't say ‘Thank You,’ the inclusion of this activity has enriched her learning so much.

—Jajaida Gonzalez, Parent

Chess At Three student, 3 years old

Make the right move.