Chess Mates run a range of chess programs for children and toddlers. Click on the links below to jump to the program that interests you, or scroll down to read about each program we offer.


Childcare Chess

With up to 80% of your child’s brain development occurring before they start school, the first

5 years of your child’s life are critical.

Traditional chess classes are only available for kids aged 8 and over. However, at Chess Mates, we recognise the unique developmental benefits of learning chess from an early age.That’s why we offer childcare chess for children and toddlers aged 2+.

Our childcare chess classes run weekly and are designed to give your child a head-start before Prep. Each class has up to 6 kids, with larger classes split so your child receives appropriate attention.At the end of each term, you will receive feedback on your child’s progress and learning.

Our classes make learning chess fun – moves and tactics are taught in a way that’s suited to your child’s age and developmental stage, with stories, songs, and physical movement. We don’t focus on winning (in fact, we teach kids how to deal with winning and losing). Instead, we focus on making new friends and having fun while learning.Your child will learn to concentrate for 30 minutes in a fun and engaging class (20 minutes for toddlers aged 2 to 3 and a half).

With our childcare chess classes, your child will be prepared to start school as they discover that learning can be fun.They will also enjoy key developmental benefits as they improve their concentration, problem solving, memory, and more.

We invite every child to experience a trial chess class.To register or enrol your child in childcare chess, email, or call 1300 CHESS MATES (1300 243 776) today.

(Don’t do childcare, but want to do chess? Check out our weekend chess classes and one-on-one chess tuition.)

School Chess

The benefits of chess for children is well-documented. Children who play chess have been shown to outperform their peers in English and Maths, and to have better-developed social skills. Imagine if your child could enjoy the same benefits.

Chess Mates runs chess classes in schools across Brisbaneand south-east Queensland for children up to 10 years of age.Younger students are taught piece development through stories, while older students are taught more complex ideas, such as opening moves, tactics, and planning in a fun environment where teamwork is encouraged.

For older students, your child’s chess class begins with an interactive lesson using hanging a demonstration board, or, if the school has smart boards, an electronic chessboard.Your child then has the opportunity to put these new strategies into practice by playing chess games with their peers, and receiving personal feedback from their teacher.

Your child will also work on puzzles and different class exercise to help develop their:

  • Concentration
  • Planning
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork

We invite every student to experience a trial chess class. To register your child or enrol in our school chess program, email, or call 1300 CHESS MATES (1300 243 776) today.

(You may also be interested in our weekend chess classes for children or one-on-one chess tuition.)

Weekend Chess

If chess isn’t available at your childcare centre or school, don’t worry – your child won’t miss out. Instead, your child can join us at our weekend chess sessions.

Our weekend chess for children sessions are divided into classes for 4-6 year olds, and classes for 7-10 year olds. We cater to complete beginners and experienced chess players, so wherever your child is in their chess journey, they’ll fit right in.

In addition to nurturing your child so that they can enjoy the many documented benefits of learning and playing chess, we make chess classes fun and sociable, so your child looks forward to coming every week.

As with all our classes, we don’t focus on competitions and winning. Instead, your child will learn that it’s ok to lose, and will betaught how to make friends using chess in a fun, engaging, and non-competitive environment.

To register your child for a trial weekend chess class, or to enrol your child in our program,

email, or call 1300 CHESS MATES (1300 243 776) today.

One-on-One Chess Tuition

If you live in Brisbane and want your child to get leaps ahead learning chess, then our private one-on-one chess tuition may be what you’re looking for.

Your Chess Mates chess storyteller and teacher will bring the world of chess to life for your child in the comfort, safety, and convenience of your own home.

Atypical private home chess lesson is a fun-filled half hour of adventurous stories, interactive play moments, “chessercises”, and game play. We also help you to understand the lessons your child is learning, and provide lesson plans so you can become involved with reinforcing the progress your child makes.

To organise private one-on-one chess tuition for your child, call 1300 CHESS MATES (1300 243 776) today, or email us: