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About Us


Our Mission

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on improving the education of Arizona youth (550 and counting!)with the incorporation of free, personalized chess programs in underserved schools and organizations serving youth with disabilities and developmental disorders (such as autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, and blindness). With the help of our sponsors and staff, our goal is to bring about more opportunities to children across the Valley!

Coach Dave discussing opening strategy with an eager student!

What We Do

Teach, Teach, Teach! With the money we raise, we create school-personalized jumpstart packages (comprising of chess sets, a full-size demonstration board, chess books, and instructional chess pamphlets written by the ChessEd Team). We also hold multiple fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for our partner school programs (stay posted by following our Instagram page @ChessEdAZ)!

If you represent a local organization and would like us to bring our chess booth to your event or establishment, let us know so we can bring our chess education nonprofit to you!


Get in Touch!

Are you interested in what we are doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us continue making our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you, whether that be in hand-creating packages, teaching students, or even facing local challengers in chess. We're excited to have you join the team!

Testimonial from Armando Ruiz, CEO @ Espiritu School District

"...What our community needs are strategic thinkers --big picture thinkers-- who can see patterns, the difficulties and obstacles behind those patterns, and overcome those obstacles, and there is no other game in the world that does that except ajedrez (chess). It is so critically important to teach kids these critical analysis and strategic thinking skills in order to build our future, which is exactly what ChessEd provides."

Testimonial from Jessie Bustamante, Director of ACCEL

“The ChessEd Club came to 2 of our campuses to teach our students who have special needs to learn how to play chess. These young men were respectful, kind and patient as the students learned how each of the pieces can move across the board and ultimately win the game. They were encouraging to everyone, regardless of the speed at which they picked up the game. This group teaches students something new, to challenge themselves and take pride in their education. I can’t wait until they come back to our campus. We are lucky to have them in the Phoenix community. Thank you, ChessEd!“

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“The beauty of chess is it can be whatever you want it to be. It transcends language, age, race, religion, politics, gender and socioeconomic background. Whatever your circumstances, anyone can enjoy a good fight to the death over the chess board.”

                                                                                                – Simon Williams

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