The Nashville Chess Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation the primary purpose of which is to educate the public about the game, art, science, sport and discipline of chess, with a particular focus on the education of secondary and elementary age students. The study of chess and participating in chess-related activities has been shown to promote numerous educational benefits among school-age children including the enhancement of logical reasoning skills, higher standardized test scores in both math and reading, and improved patience and greater self-esteem. To accomplish its mission, the Nashville Chess Center sponsors instructional programs in local schools, conducts chess lessons chess classes, chess coaching seminars, chess tournaments and chess camps, among other activities. These programs are funded primarily through donations from foundations, corporations and private individuals.
Founded in 1995, the Nashville Chess Center is a supporting organization of the Tennessee Chess Association and an affiliate of the United States Chess Federation, the governing body of chess in this country. Headquartered in a beautiful three-story house located at 2911 Belmont Boulevard in Nashville, the Nashville Chess Center has become one of the leading chess organizations in the U.S. Its many achievements include hosting the national chess championships for players under age 16 (the US Cadet Championship) in 1998, 1999 and 2000, hosting the Nashville (Open) Chess Championship each year, founding and hosting the Nashville Scholastic Chess Championships each January since 2003, co-sponsoring the 2003 National Elementary Chess Championship with the Tennessee Chess Association and the United States Chess Federation which led to Nashville being named “Chess City of the Year” in 2003. During its short history, Nashville Chess Center members have won chess championships on the local, state and national levels.
Nashville Chess Center
2911 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37212