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Teaching Students Lifelong Skills through Chess

Chess, a game that has captivated minds for centuries, offers far more than just entertainment. It provides a unique platform for students to develop essential life skills that extend far beyond the chessboard, including problem-solving, patience, strategic thinking, and planning.  Arlington Classics Academy’s after-school chess club aims to provide its students with a remarkable opportunity to explore and enhance these skills. Engaging in chess not only fosters critical thinking but also encourages students to analyze situations from different perspectives. The game's intricacies teach them to remain patient in the face of challenges and to devise well-thought-out strategies for both short-term and long-term goals. 


Students participate in several local tournaments, along with the TX Region II Championship tournament hosted by Arlington Classics Academy.  In 2022/2023, ACA team members placed first in the United States Chess Federation (USCF) 4th – 6th-grade category and 2nd in the unrated 4th – 6th-grade category in the TX Region II Championship. 


Chess club cultivates teamwork and sportsmanship and fosters a positive and supportive learning environment.  Beyond academic achievements, chess empowers students with practical tools applicable to various facets of life. Acquiring and honing these life skills become invaluable assets in their journey toward personal growth and success.  ACA strives to provide a well-rounded education.  Chess Club is just one of the many extracurricular activities offered to enrich each student’s experience and personal development.

Mia Russo