The mission of PALS Chess Academy is to make chess learning fun, not only to create good chess players but to promote chess as an activity that enhances happy and healthy lifestyles. Through scholastic programs, group lessons, private chess lessons, summer camps, we bring quality chess education and tournaments for children and seniors in Colorado. The word PALS encompasses our view of chess as friendly game that transcends borders, cultures, generations and genders. The “Royal Game” is an ancient yet timeless and universal language of the mind.
Lior’s lessons are lively and humorous, following a detailed step-by-step curriculum he developed using chess to promote the five C‘s: critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity… all through chess! PALS stands for “Play, Achieve, Learn, Succeed,” as each of these words encompasses part of our mission:
P lay: If students have fun, they will learn more. Chess learning in our classes is never dull; our lessons are full of humor, stories, and hands-on learning activities. Children who enjoy chess at a young age are likely to keep playing chess as a lifelong hobby.
A chieve: Our curriculum is highly effective in helping students excel in chess tournaments. Many of Lior’s students have won state chess championships for their age group in both individual and team competition. Achievement through chess extends far beyond the realm of competitions, however. More importantly, chess education enhances higher-order thinking skills that help children do well in school and future careers. In our classes, children solve questions and puzzles that involve critical thinking and abstract reasoning, exercising both left and right hemispheres of the brain.
L earn: While playing chess at any level is an enjoyable and healthy activity in itself, it is a game that becomes increasingly beautiful and beneficial as a player’s skill level increases. For this reason, PALS coaches follow a curriculum aimed at maximizing each student’s learning potential in our classes. There are many chess programs that focus exclusively on playing chess and having fun. While our program certainly incorporates those elements, we also aim to help children improve their skills while observing tangible results. As their chess skills improve, so too do the lifelong benefits of their chess education.
S ucceed: Success in life is not relegated to academic or competitive achievements. Chess players learn valuable lessons that build character and intelligence throughout life. Chess players calculate options and evaluate the consequences of their decisions, a skill that prepares children for making sound decisions throughout their lives. They learn the value of patience, as hasty moves are often punished on the chessboard. They develop leadership skills through group activities and presentations, building confidence among their peers, and they learn to be respectful and sportsmanlike to their opponents.