Program Overview

Chess for Success provides chess clubs in high-poverty schools. A school employee is hired to coach, given our trademarked curriculum and supplies. Students receive up to 50 hours of chess instruction and practice, including participating in Chess for Success tournaments for free. The students design and given a club t-shirt, and a chess set to keep.

Chess for Success puts on a series of tournaments from January through March. There are 24 regions in Oregon. Each region has a tournament, students must win the tournament to qualify for the State Tournament. In March, after all regional tournaments are completed, the students convene in Portland at the Convention Center for the State Tournament. In addition, Chess for Success sponsors the Vangie Shaw Girls Play Chess Memorial Tournament and the City of Portland Tournament.