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

Snow

Dulwich

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

Rich Smartt
Founder
Rich is an award-winning educator, 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.
Simona Limontaite
Coach
Simona received her Women's International Master title in 2008 and became a chess coach in 2016. After finishing the world junior championship as a top 20 player, she went on to win the Lithuanian women's championship several times at classic, rapid and blitz, and participated in Olympiads with the national team. As a working mum of primary school aged children (age 5 and 7), she knows exactly how to deliver engaging lessons for our chess cubs around the world!
Ilias Saim
Coach
Ilias is a FIDE certified chess player. Like many of our Chess Cubs today, he started playing chess at just 5 years old. He achieved his FIDE Master title in 2014 and his FIDE Trainer certification in 2018. He trains a range of students at different skill levels, and is highly skilled at helping beginners to progress quickly. Ilias served as member of the Algerian national team between 2014 and 2019, and played at an array of international chess championships around the world including world junior chess, world youth chess, Arab youth chess and African youth chess

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.”

—Nina

My son loves going to the class

—Grainne