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The NT Recreation Department will be working with the Buffalo Chess Association to bring you the opportunity to provide master-level chess instruction for your child/ren at a fraction of the cost.

  • For Boys and Girls

  • Grades 2 - 12 

  • Mondays

    • Chess Club:  5 - 6:30 PM

    • Chess Class: 6:30 - 8 PM

  • 10 weeks of instruction - October 16 - December 18 

  • NT Residents - $50 per child (sibling discount available)

  • Non-Residents - $60 per child (sibling discount available)

  • Limited spots available

We will operate as both a chess club and a chess class.

Here are the differences:

Chess Club will be a little more informal. Kids can come in by themselves or with friends and play some friendly chess matches. Our instructors will be on hand to give advice and help improve the child's overall chess play. The chess club will run on Mondays like before at 5 PM. You can opt to pay a one-time price of $50 ($60 for non-residents) for the 12-week chess club program or pay a $5 drop-in price just on the days your child wants to attend. (Drop-in payments must be made online prior to arrival and can be made any time before the start time)

Chess Class will be more structured week to week for the more serious player with the intent of greatly improving their chess playing knowledge, forming strategies, and testing their limits. The chess class will run on Mondays starting at 6:30 PM.

Snack will be provided for each session. Participants are encouraged to bring their own beverage or plan to buy one from our Snack Shack.
Once a child has been registered for the entire 12-week program, they can opt to move from chess club to chess class from week to week. (With instructor approval) If you opt for drop-in only then you can only attend chess club for that given week.

We are fortunate to be working with the Buffalo Chess Association and can bring you one of the finest instructors in WNY.



1. Improves Concentration and Memory
Studies conducted by the University of Memphis have found that children who play chess significantly improve their visual memory, attention span, and spatial-reasoning ability … all important factors for success in school.

2. Enhances Math and Reading
The need to focus on problem-solving and the process of thinking through moving variables are important traits that help improve children's math skills. In addition, studies have shown that because chess requires children to use cognitive processes such as decoding, analysis, thinking, and comprehension (all skills required for reading), chess-playing kids greatly improve their reading skills over non-playing kids.

3. Helps Develop Logic, Critical Thinking, and CREATIVITY
Playing chess requires a lot of "if-then" logical analysis and "what-if" scenarios, all necessary ingredients for developing logical and critical thinking. In addition, studies show that chess boosts creativity, most dramatically in originality. Researchers attribute this boost to the process of imagining all the possible move alternatives which trains the mind to play with possibilities … the cornerstone of original thinking.

4. Encourages and Rewards Hard Work
Playing chess provides immediate feedback. Lose your focus, lose a piece; study the game and practice, and win more games. Your children control their destinies.

5. Think Through Solving Complex Problems
Chess helps kids learn and practice thinking through and finding solutions to complex problems.

Register Activity Ages Grades Days Date/Time Fees
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Chess Class 
N/A 2 - 12 10/16/2023 - 12/18/2023
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

Youth Center - Craft Room
$50.00 Res, $60.00 Non-Res
Chess Class - Instruction
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Chess Club - Entire Session 
N/A 2 - 12 10/16/2023 - 12/18/2023
05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

Youth Center - Craft Room
$50.00 Res, $60.00 Non-Res
Chess class for the entire 12 week session
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Chess Club 12/11 
N/A 2 - 12 12/11/2023
05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

Youth Center - Craft Room
$5.00 Res, $5.00 Non-Res
Drop in registration for chess club for 9/19
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Chess Club 12/18 
N/A 2 - 12 12/18/2023
05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

Youth Center - Craft Room
$5.00 Res, $5.00 Non-Res
Drop in registration for chess club for 9/19
* Adjustments and discounts will be applied during checkout if applicable. *

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