Preschoolers Go Head to Head in Chess Tournament

Schools and Libraries

April 17, 2017

Preschool students aged 6 months to 6 years at The Goddard School ( in Knoxville (10720 Virginia Pine Way) and Farragut (125 Loudoun Road) participated in a week long chess tournament, with the winner of each school going head-to-head on March 9 for the championship. Students and faculty enjoyed visits from special guests including Knoxville County Mayor Tim Burchett, who visited The Goddard School in Farragut to be the offciator during the final match.

The Goddard School introduced the "Chess at Three" program to help children develop important cognitive skills such as decision making, thinking before you act, planning ahead, re-adjusting your plan on the spot and problem solving. As Chess rules can be very complicated for 3-year-olds, the Chess at Three's story-based curriculum is made up of fun tales that teach children how to play the game. For example, the King can only move one square at a time - he moves slowly because his belly is so big and he is afraid of everything. Children follow these memorable stories, and without knowing it, begin to play chess.