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Enhancing higher-order thinking skills through quality chess education

Upcoming Events

We're having our first tournament of the 2013-2014 school year on Saturday, October 5! Special events after the tournament include a fun group lesson from Coach Lior and an exciting bughouse (team chess) competition. Click on "More Information" below for tournament details and online registration.

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About Our Program

The motto of PALS Chess Academy is Play, Achieve, Learn, Succeed. Our curriculum incorporates humor, story-telling, and imaginative thought exercises to keep children engaged in every lesson. Learning chess improves children's thinking skills, so our job is to make the learning more enjoyable!

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Our Head Instructor

National Master Lior Lapid is the founder of PALS Chess Academy. He is a former two-time National Champion in the K-9 and K-12 divisions, and a three-time New Mexico State Champion overall. Lior has over 15 years of experience teaching chess to children, and he recently developed his own 30-lesson curriculum for scholastic chess instruction.

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PALS Chess

 PALS Chess

Play, Achieve, Learn, Succeed

"Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe" --Indian Proverb

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