Set your kids up for success by teaching them chess. Some experts say that playing chess strengthens academic performance, sharpens critical thinking skills, increases IQ, and boosts emotional intelligence. Thankfully, Chess At Three offers private, in home lessons for kids as young as 2 ½ years old. With a unique teaching style, Chess At Three will have your kids saying, “Checkmate” in no time!
What’s more, Chess At Three will be at the upcoming New York Baby Show on May 20 and 21, at Pier 94.
The nation’s biggest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler. From top products to trusted parenting experts, the New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!
Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.
We spoke with a member of the Chess At Three team, Andrew Kashian, to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the New York Baby Show.
For someone unfamiliar with Chess At Three, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?
Chess has been proven to be one of the most impactful games ever created. The game, historically reserved for children over the age of 7, is now being taught to children as young as age 3 through our amazing program, Chess At Three!
Chess At Three is the authority in early childhood chess education, teaching children ages 3-10. We understand the profound benefits of chess and the effectiveness of learning through storytelling. Our mission is to extend the benefits of chess through the power of storytelling.
We have created an unforgettable and interactive story-based learning environment, which teaches 100% of our children to play and develop a love for chess. The Chess At Three approach teaches much more than the rudimentary rules of chess. Students also learn the importance of sportsmanship, literacy and chess notation, chess history, and math, just to name a few. Lessons include interactive moments, physical movements (“chessercizes”), and guidelines for game play at each level of development.
Chess At Three’s unique approach is taught to over 15,000 children each week through hundreds of school partnerships and in private homes. A national study also found that Chess At Three’s method increased students’ assessment scores across all categories by over 18%!
Tell us about Chess At Three. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?
In 2008, Tyler Schwartz got the “Chess Specialist” job at “The Washington Market School” in Manhattan, which meant he was in charge of teaching chess to 150 children every week. Tyler started teaching chess the traditional way to students and something kept happening. He would show a group of children a king and say, “this is the King. It moves one square at a time in any direction it wants.” Simple enough, right? Over and over, group after group, children would ask “why? Why does the King move one square at a time?” At first Tyler ignored the question, as it seemed trivial. But the question kept coming up.
One special day this happened. “This is the king, it moves one square at a time,” Tyler explained. Sure enough, a student asked: “Why?” Without any thought, or plan, Tyler blurted out, “because he has a huge belly!”
“Really?” the students responded. “Yes!” Tyler improvised, “this is King Chomper, and he has such a big belly because he ate pancakes for breakfast. 10 Pancakes!” The students roared with laugher. “Yes! And for lunch King Chomper had 20 Sandwiches.” The Students laughed and laughed…this was working. “And for dinner King Chomper ate 30 pizzas.” The children could not control their laughter. “Here is King Chomper.” Tyler put the white king on the chess board. “This is how he likes to move, uhhhhgggg!” Tyler made the noise of a man who just ate 30 pizzas and scooted the king over one square. The children gladly imitated the playful exercise and just like that everyone discovered how King Chomper ‘likes’ to move. The next week the children demanded another story. Tyler took that core idea, stories that explain why chess pieces move the way they do, and wrote 20 stories that explained chess.
Then Tyler’s best friend, Jon Sieber, moved to New York and Tyler wanted to give Jon some chess lessons. Jon is an amazing storyteller and awesome with kids, but not a competitive chess player. The more Tyler and Jon thought about it, they realized that being a great storyteller was the most important quality for teaching in this new way. Could a non-chess player actually be an amazing chess teacher? Tyler gave Jon 5 lessons. In three months, Jon had 20 clients.
Tyler and Jon wrote the stories down, and “The Chess At Three Core Curriculum” was born.
Tyler and Jon began to train people who were good with children to be chess teachers. The first year they had five teachers. The second year they had 10 teachers. By the third year, they had 20 teachers. Currently, Chess At Three has over 80 tutors teaching chess through stories in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, St Louis, and Grand Rapids.
What are the most popular and newest services from Chess At Three?
Private, in home chess lessons.
What sets Chess At Three apart in the marketplace?
Chess At Three is the ONLY company that teaches children, as young as 3 years old, how to play, and more importantly, fall in love with chess.
What can parents expect from Chess At Three at the New York Baby Show?
Chess At Three will be sharing information on how families can help their children get ahead by teaching them how to play chess at record young ages!
To learn more about Chess At Three, check out chessat3.com.