Chess

Help your child develop strategic thinking skills

Chess Instruction helps your child develop skills in strategic thinking which are critical to success. Studies have long shown the benefits of playing chess include developing higher order thinking skills, enhancing creativity, and improving memory, all giving your child a leg up at school. Chess is also designed to be self-motivating and teach consequences to develop individual responsibility.

Zaniac’s Chess program was co-developed by our Founder, Paul Zane Pilzer, who represented the U.S. in chess against the USSR at 14 years old. Enroll
chess fall 2015

Become A Master!

  • Intro to Chess
  • Chess Mastery

Students Receive a Mastery Certificate Upon Completion of the Progression

Chess Features

  • Classes meet 90 minutes once a week for six weeks
  • Low ratio of 5 students or less per instructor
  • Learn problem solving and abstract reasoning
  • Personal progress emails after every class from your instructor
  • Peer-based instruction and a fun atmosphere — Learn and play with friends
  • For grades K-8

Intro to Chess

Begin a lifelong journey into strategic thinking with Intro to Chess!

Learn how to set up a chess board and move every piece. Understand the relative values of each piece and assess moves strategically. Use algebraic notation to record your games and analyze other games. Develop an understanding of the principles in each part of the game that will lead to success in chess, and hone deep-thinking skills that are applicable in all aspects of life. Grades: K-8. Tuition: $199


Chess Mastery*

Advance your understanding of the greatest game ever played in Chess Mastery!

Learn the principles of positional play. Develop mastery over complex and obscure moves like the fiancetto and en passant while expanding on skills in every phase of the game. Discover the history of the game through the lens of tournament and grandmaster-level play, and play variants like Bughouse that hone specific skills to mastery. Enjoy challenging Chess Tournaments with your friends and instructors at the Zaniac Campus. Chess Mastery promotes strategic and analytical thinking as well as spatial reasoning, math, memory and logic skills. For grades 3-8.

*Intro to Chess or prior experience playing Chess is a prerequisite for this program.