The Chesskids Academy South Africa

  • 144 Peter Road
  • Ruimsig, Gauteng
  • 1700
  • +27 82 574 5997

The Chesskids Academy

Posted by Roger Dickinson on 07 June 2016 12:30 PM CAT
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Since 2008 the Chesskids Academy (“Chesskids”) has introduced over 40,000 primary school learners in underprivileged communities to the remarkable game of chess.

The Chesskids programme is a fun, interactive, low tech Chess curriculum ideally suited for easy application in South African settings. Participants are taken through a structured chess curriculum with test papers and a detailed per lesson teacher advice.

Our vision is for every South African child to learn chess through this programme and that Chess will become:  Every Child’s Second Game and Every Child’s First Skill”



Linked to the primary school curriculum during teaching (contact) time, the in-class programme aims for mass participation by all learners at Grade 6 level. Chesskids Trainers are given 6 weeks in schools to introduce the basic concepts, rules and workings of the game of chess during a mathematics or Life Orientation class. All Learners are required to complete the course and write the Chesskids Level 1 exam. With the successful completion of the exam Learners receive a Chesskids Level 1 certificate at a formal graduation ceremony.




Senior Chesskids Coordinator and Trainer, Ralph Hendrikse training at Libra Primary













Chesskids run weekly chess competitions in townships and informal settlements working closely with schools. Chesskids is the in the process of finalising a tracking  process for all top players which will be linked into local, provincial and national chess structures.




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Coronation Training Centre will be hosting a Chess Tournament on 27th March to 28th March 2017.
15 Learners to participate.
For further details of the event please contact the school.

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