Vision: To grow in size and resources so that we may reach as many children as possible through our innovative program.

Mission: To help children develop skills necessary for success in school and in life through learning chess


Originally formed in 1992 as the Portland Chess Project, Chess for Success is the outgrowth of a passionate commitment to education by three friends: Frank Eiseman, Phillip Margolin and Richard Roy, who all saw firsthand the power chess had to change a young person’s life.

The program is simple: by teaching students the game of chess they are learning the high level critical thinking, problem-solving skills and self-confidence essential for success in school and in life.