Fun chess classes for kids (5 - 10 y/o)

Featured Classes

We’re excited to be hosted by some of the finest family cafe’s in London. Our promise to you is that wherever there’s enough interest from parents, we will host chess classes.

We have world class coaches and educators, great venue partners and a super fun curriculum to help kids learn and love the great game.

Crystal Palace



East Dulwich Picturehouse

How it Works

Step 1. Search for a class

Our longest running class is hosted at the lovely Dreamcatcher Cafe in Crystal Palace, but if that isn’t nearby for you we have classes opening up across London. Simply type in your postcode above and join a nearby class, or a waiting list to get started! If a class is currently over or under-subscribed, whilst you’re on a waiting list – we may still be able to offer one-to-one or coaching sessions for your child if there’s a nearby ChessCubs coach available.

Step 2. Choose a plan or taster session

Once you’ve found an available class nearby, use the form to register your child and book your place. On the day of your first class, simply turn up to your class a few minutes early and drop off your child – most sessions are about an hour. It’s not a problem if your child is a complete beginner – we’ll start from scratch! No availability at a particular location? Not to worry – join the waiting list and we can keep you updated.

About Us

Kennedy Cope
Originally hailing from Vancouver Island, Canada, Kennedy is one of our coaches; we're lucky to have Kennedy coach our London classes; she loves playing chess at London's clubs and is also a talented chorale singer and artist.
Rich Smartt
Rich is an award-winning educator, as well as a writer and entrepreneur. Fascinated by the connection between between chess, creativity and life skills, Rich founded Chess Cubs in the summer of 2015. He began his teaching career at Highgate, one of the country's leading independent schools. Later, for his contributions to tech education, he went on to receive an LWF Hero Innovator award, and work on the Design Museum's learning team. He lives in South London, with his wife Mercy and their two young children.
Jonathan Beecham
Jonathan helps with community and marketing management. He loves travelling and connecting with people in person and via social media.

My six year old started as a complete beginner and instantly loved it. Richard is a wonderful teacher: welcoming, patient and kind with the children. He observes each child’s progress closely and adjusts the weekly lessons accordingly, always giving feedback to parents at the end of the session. My son thoroughly enjoys both the game (he now regularly plays with a neighbour) and the classes.”


My son loves going to the class