Teaching Kids to Strategically Think About Their Future One Move at a Time


To bring the many academic and social benefits of Chess to children and adults from diverse communities throughout the city of Chicago and the suburbs through vibrant enrichment programs, tournaments and events.


Renaissance Knights Alumni will:

  • Be critical thinkers
  • Be problem solvers
  • Be motivated learners
  • Think before they move
  • Have good sportsmanship
  • Winners & losers gracefully
  • Take pride in their accomplishments

Over the last few years, Renaissance Knights has grown to be the leading organization in Illinois that not only provides chess programs to young people but also instills values that will enable them to:

  • Build character and self-esteem
  • Develop life skills that contribute to becoming graceful winners and losers
  • Cultivate a sense of community

Since 2005, Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation has been committed to making chess an important part of our schools and community. We have taught, inspired, and empowered more than 20,000 students in the Chicago area. Through structured classroom, out of school time and summer programs, we use chess to develop skills necessary for young people to succeed in school and life.  Additionally, we organize Chicago’s premier chess tournaments for young people including the Greater Chicago Chess Championships and KCF All-Girls National Championships.


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