School Chess

Looking to give your child an edge at school? With our school programs we can give your child a headstart by teaching them skills such as concentration, planning, problem-solving and teamwork.

Holiday Programs

Keep the kids busy these holidays with our fun holiday chess program. They'll have fun playing giant chess, learning new strategies, and then practice their new skills in our afternoon mini tournament. Suitable for Preps - Grade 6.

Private Lessons

If you're looking for one on one lessons to really develop your or your child's skills in the comfort of your own home, Chess Mates private tutoring is for you.

Chess Programs for Childcare Centres

Designed especially for children in Prep and above, our chess classes are fun, interactive, and tailored by our teachers to suit the kids in each class.

Retiree Lessons

There isn't an age limit on chess or the skills it can develop, and as life gets busier we forget the benefits chess can offer in favour of other things. As such, we offer programs for retirees and aged cares that creates an outlet for this interest.


We are an NDIS provider. Find out more about how our programs can be used for NDIS participants.

Fun & Engaging Chess Classes for Kids

Do you want your child to experience the benefits of learning chess while still having fun along the way?

At Chess Mates, our chess classes for kids focus on fun, enjoyment, and cooperation, not performance and competition.

Our attentive teachers will help your child learn and build upon the fundamentals of chess, while also using chess as a vehicle for teaching math skills, social skills, and emotional intelligence in an interactive and cooperative environment.


Chess Mates offers chess classes for kids ages 3 and up.

Our chess classes run in many schools in Brisbane and beyond. Alternatively, your child can join us for weekend classes, online classes, or private lessons. We also run chess tournaments and holiday chess programs.

Unlike many chess programs, we make chess fun. Chess Mates parents regularly exclaim over how engaged their kids are and how they love playing chess at home!

The Benefits Of Chess!

It’s been shown that learning to play chess from age 3 can improve a child’s overall performance at school by nearly 20% compared to children who have not learnt chess. In other words, learning chess helps your child to leap ahead of their peers at school.

Chess classes help your child improve their attention span, develop emotional intelligence, make friends, prepare to start school, and have fun… all at the same time.

Doesn’t your child deserve that sort of head-start? To learn more about the specific benefits of chess classes for kids, read our “Why Chess?” page

Enhance reading memory language and mathematical abilities

Enhance reading, memory, language, and mathematical abilities.

Foster critical, creative, and original thinking.

Strengthen problem solving skills, teaching how to make difficult and abstract decisions independently.

How We Teach Chess For Kids

At Chess Mates, we teach chess classes for kids aged 2 to 10 in Brisbane and south-east Queensland.

Your child is taught in a fun and engaging environment, with creative storytelling, songs, and physical movement. For older children, we focus on teaching chess with storytelling, chess puzzles, and games of chess. We also teach planning skills as they learn to think one step ahead, and use the technology they are familiar and comfortable with to aid in their learning.

Chess Mates chess classes are about learning, not just facilitating games of chess. Nor do we focus on winning. Instead, we teach about winning and losing in a supportive environment, so your child can learn to deal with both situations emotionally. We focus on how chess can be fun and help your child make new friends.

Chess Mates Chess Classes

Chess Mates chess classes are taught in childcare centres, at schools, and privately on weekends. We also offer one-on-one chess classes in your home. That way, there’s always an option to suit you and your child.

All our teachers have current Blue Cards for working with children. Classes are capped at 6 kids in childcare centres. In schools, we have 10 students per teacher, so your child receives the individual attention they deserve, while also learning and practising social skills, and making new friends.

For kids aged 2 to 3-and-a-half, classes go for 20 minutes. Other childcare classes run for 30 minutes, while school classes are 30 to 45 minutes in length. At the end of each term, you receive feedback on your child’s progress and learning.

Give Your Child Their Best Start!

Our kids love learning chess.Your child will too. We invite all children to join us for a trial lesson so they can see what learning chess is like.We look forward to helping your child to enjoy their best possible start, and to welcoming you to our family chess community. You can also sign up for our newsletter.

Enrol your child in our program today

Please contact us with any enquiries or book your child in one of our classes. You can call 1300 Chess Mates (1300 243 776), email or fill out our enquiry form.


What the parents say

“I just wanted to let you know that I’m consistently receiving positive feedback from Sofia (and often joyous excitement) about what’s she’s learnt in her Monday chess class.”

Emma, Sofia's mum

“Hayden is really enjoying his chess class. He often practices at home too with his Dad.”

Jodie, Hayden's mum

“Adela enjoys playing chess and she learn new things all the time which is so great.”

Monika, Adela's Mum

What the teachers say

Do You Run A Childcare Centre in Brisbane?!

MD Cannon HillHave you been looking for extra-curricular activities for your childcare centre that don’t fall into the same old categories of “sports” and “dancing”?

Chess classes for kids are a great extra-curricular activity for childcare centres that strive to offer a nurturing, learning-oriented environment that prepares kids for school and provides them with a real head-start on life and learning.

If you would like to learn more about how you can introduce chess classes to your childcare centre, send us a message, or call 1300 Chess Mates (1300 243 776).

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