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    The Chess Scholar program receives professional coaching through partnering with the Chess Mates Foundation:

    Leschi Chess Scholars' mottos:

    • “Opportunity + Preparation + Hard Work = Success !”
    • “Winning is a byproduct of learning, so the more you learn the more you win!”

    Learning chess provides the opportunity to practice and expand one’s capacity to focus; it nurtures self-discipline and enhances maturity. Our goal is to produce “chess scholars” who will be able to compete and excel as “academic scholars”, eventually on the college stage. The core of our instruction is to teach “learning skills” through the vehicle of the game of chess. 

    When we meet:

    Fridays, 2:15-3:45 October 21, 2016 – April 28 2017

    • Oct. 21, 28
    • Nov. 4, 18
    • Dec. 2, 9
    • Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27
    • Feb. 3, 10, 17
    • March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    • April 7, 21, 28


    Open to students 1st-5th grade. Open registration begins in early October and priority is given to past participants of the program. Watch for registration info via kid mail and on the PTA listserve. Scholarships available. Please contact the program coordinator with questions.


    One objective of the program is also to maintain a tournament team presence in the greater Seattle community. Our team will attend approximately 10 events Nov-April. Tournaments are generally 2x a month on Saturdays and are all day events (9-4 approx). The Tournament season starts slow in November and picks up as we near the STATE event which happens in April. We are most interested in students who are committed to playing in tournaments (OR who are interested in working hard toward that goal) to sign-up for the program since our spaces are limited. To be “Tournament Ready” students need to demonstrate a certain knowledge base before they are invited to attend. This readiness varies widely from student to student. Sometimes this can take a long time, several years in the program and some students who pick up the concepts quickly and who put a big effort in and out of class may progress faster.

    Chess Scholars Coordinator Contact Info:

    Kendra Liddell, (206)-519-1933,