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chess in schools

Chess has repeatedly been shown to improve problem-solving; grow dendrites in the brain; and increase creativity, spatial thinking, memory, and concentration.  Like sports, it can teach discipline, sportsmanship, and build self-confidence.  For these reasons, we would love to eventually bring chess study and play to every school in Greater Indianapolis possible!

Looking to register your child for an existing school chess program?

CFI 27 (open)

Cold Spring (open)

Harriet Tubman (on-site registration)

Herron Prep (full)

James W. Riley #43 (on-site registration)

St. Monica (open)

St. Thomas Aquinas (closed till Fall '24)

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After School, Before School, or Lunch Chess

It can be easy to partner with Indy Chess to make chess an extracurricular activity!  We currently partner with many schools to offer either a weekly afterschool club with instruction and play, or a lunch/recess option one day each week.

 

If you provide the space, we can provide the supplies and instruction!  How is it funded?  Any of three ways:

  • We recruit a volunteer coach (if school qualifies);

  • We get sponsorships to cover a paid coach's stipend;

  • We charge a fee to students when we sign them up.

For all coaches, we provide background checks, monthly presentation of lesson plans, and classroom management training from teachers!  Contact us to learn more...

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  • Weekly Chess Night
    Weekly Chess Night
    Tue, Apr 16
    Indianapolis
    Apr 16, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Indianapolis, 1008 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260, USA
    Apr 16, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Indianapolis, 1008 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260, USA
    Every Tuesday kids and adults gather at the Latvian Community Center!
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  • Weekly Chess Night
    Weekly Chess Night
    Tue, Apr 23
    Latvian Community Center
    Apr 23, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Latvian Community Center, 1008 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260, USA
    Apr 23, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Latvian Community Center, 1008 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260, USA
    Every Tuesday kids and adults gather at the Latvian Community Center!
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  • Star Wars Day Chess Tournament!
    Star Wars Day Chess Tournament!
    Sat, May 04
    St. Paul Episcopal Church
    May 04, 2024, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
    St. Paul Episcopal Church, 6050 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
    May 04, 2024, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
    St. Paul Episcopal Church, 6050 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
    A four-round Swiss (60+10), USCF-rated chess tournament with $1,000 in prizes (based on 60 players). May the forks be with you!
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  • Scholastic Sunday Tournament
    Scholastic Sunday Tournament
    Sun, May 05
    St. Monica School Gym (Door 15)
    May 05, 2024, 1:45 PM – 5:45 PM
    St. Monica School Gym (Door 15), 6131 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46228, USA
    May 05, 2024, 1:45 PM – 5:45 PM
    St. Monica School Gym (Door 15), 6131 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46228, USA
    A chess tournament for kids from kindergarten to 12th grade, rated by the US Chess Federation!
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  • ChessFest!
    ChessFest!
    Sat, May 18
    Zion Hill Church
    May 18, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Zion Hill Church, 5950 E 46th St, Indianapolis, IN 46226, USA
    May 18, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Zion Hill Church, 5950 E 46th St, Indianapolis, IN 46226, USA
    An eastside chess tournament (unrated) and games for kids in kindergarten to 12th grade!
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  • Chess Summer Camp (@St. Thomas School)
    Chess Summer Camp (@St. Thomas School)
    Mon, Jun 10
    St. Thomas Aquinas School (Bethany Room)
    Jun 10, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 14, 2024, 3:30 PM
    St. Thomas Aquinas School (Bethany Room), 4600 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
    Jun 10, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 14, 2024, 3:30 PM
    St. Thomas Aquinas School (Bethany Room), 4600 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
    A week-long, all day chess summer camp focusing on tactics and strategy, with outdoor recreation time too!
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  • Chess Summer Camp (@St. Monica School)
    Chess Summer Camp (@St. Monica School)
    Mon, Jun 17
    St. Monica School (St. Augustine Hall)
    Jun 17, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 21, 2024, 3:30 PM
    St. Monica School (St. Augustine Hall), 6131 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46228, USA
    Jun 17, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 21, 2024, 3:30 PM
    St. Monica School (St. Augustine Hall), 6131 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46228, USA
    A week-long, all day chess summer camp focusing on tactics and strategy, with outdoor recreation time too!
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  • Chess Summer Camp (@St. Thomas School)
    Chess Summer Camp (@St. Thomas School)
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, Jun 24
    St. Thomas Aquinas School (Bethany Room)
    Jun 24, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 28, 2024, 3:30 PM
    St. Thomas Aquinas School (Bethany Room), 4600 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
    Jun 24, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 28, 2024, 3:30 PM
    St. Thomas Aquinas School (Bethany Room), 4600 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
    A week-long, all day chess summer camp focusing on tactics and strategy, with outdoor recreation time too!
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  • Chess Summer Camp (@St. Thomas School)
    Chess Summer Camp (@St. Thomas School)
    Mon, Jul 22
    St. Thomas Aquinas School (Bethany Room)
    Jul 22, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 26, 2024, 3:30 PM
    St. Thomas Aquinas School (Bethany Room), 4600 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
    Jul 22, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 26, 2024, 3:30 PM
    St. Thomas Aquinas School (Bethany Room), 4600 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
    A week-long, all day chess summer camp focusing on tactics and strategy, with outdoor recreation time too!
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