Chess at Three has an international network of Certified Storytellers (Chess Tutors) who provide one-on-one lessons or group sessions in your home.
We utilize a unique cast of characters, in fun and interactive stories; children progressively learn to play chess. Our stories focus on why chess pieces move in their own unique ways and are supported by activities that cement chess knowledge in your child’s mind.
Meet our Chicago Regional Director
Welcome to Chess at Three’s wonderful world of chess!
With our 2 founders being from Lake Forrest, it only made sense to bring this wonderful program back to our wonderful city. I am Mark Johnsen and I joined Chess at Three as the Regional Director of Chicago in 2016.
I knew I wanted to be a part of Chess at Three from the moment I heard about the amazing story-based curriculum. It captured my attention in the same way that it captures the imaginations of the children we teach every day. The stories, fun games, creative activities, and friendly competition all work together teaching chess, while also instilling a love for the game. Our hope is that this love for chess inspires our students to play beyond our lessons and apply new skills outside of our classroom.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share our passion for chess within your home, school, or community.
"CHESS AT THREE HAS OUR TWO CHILDREN PLAYING AND LOVING CHESS! WE’RE PROUD TO HAVE IT IN OUR HOME, AND THINK EVERY CHILD SHOULD BE LEARNING CHESS AT THREE.”
– Hugh Jackman | Actor & Parent of 2
"Chess at Three is 100 percent responsible for my kids’ love of chess. We’ve had several teachers over the years; each has been wonderful and taught my kids so much. "
– Rebecca Raphael
"My seven years old twins took the chess lesson with the Chess at Three program for two years and by far I have to say it is the best chess program we've tried.
My kids are full of energy, hard to settle down, but once the chess lesson started they would learn to quiet down and concentrate. The teacher taught them step by step about the basics of chess, the strategy, and how to think ahead of time and logically. I am glad to see my kids not only learning about the basic chess rules but also thinking independently, figure out the problem by themselves. Definitely one of their favorite after school programs. I will recommend it to anyone if they ask for my opinion."
– Hua Zhong
“Thank you so much for making chess so much fun! He absolutely LOVES it.”
– Lauren Zucker
"Chess at Three is incredible! Our boys absolutely love the game and almost beg to play!. Our tutor makes it so fun and engaging for them it's the highlight of their week! I wish I had access to something like this when I was their age! We need chess at 30 and 40 too!"
– Elizabeth Shaoul
“Chess at Three is the best! We love having our tutor as part of our family life all this time”
– Natalia Macias
“Chess at Three is fantastic - my children can't wait for their lessons, our teacher is so warm, fun and engaging, and they are already beating me at chess!”
– Serena Steinberg