Granite Gambit

Connecting Chess to the NH Classroom


Frequently Asked Questions


Regarding The Granite Gambit Program


What is the Granite Gambit program?

Answer: This statewide program in New Hampshire will support training for teacher-driven chess initiatives that connect chess with core academic content, helping to build student engagement. The program will run for two years and allow interested schools to build the capacity for sustainable programming.

Who is involved in the organization Chess in Schools?

Answer: Chess in Schools (CIS) is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization founded in 2015 in conjunction with its launch of the Alabama Chess in Schools program, the first statewide US Chess in Education program in the United States. CIS specializes in preparing educators to play chess and use the game as an educational tool to teach academic and 21st century skills. The CIS team brings a wealth of experience in chess and instruction. CIS’s certified CIE training includes proven methodologies developed by the European Chess Union.

How much does it cost for a school to sign up?

Answer:  It’s free to New Hampshire schools! The program is funded using federal Title funds.

What type of chess program is required?

Answer: Each school decides what kind of chess program works best for their students. Options include using chess and chess-related activities during the day to teach curriculum standards, before- or after-school chess clubs, summer chess camps, or some combination of these programs.

How can my school get started?

Answer:  If you haven’t already done so, sign up as an interested person to receive updates on the program. Encourage colleagues to do the same and let your administrators know you are interested. If you have questions, see the contact information at the bottom of this page.  If you are a decision-maker for your school and already know you want to participate, register your school for Granite Gambit here.

What training and resources are available?

Answer: The Granite Gambit initiative led by Chess in Schools (CIS) offers multiple training opportunities. School administrators can receive a 3-hour professional development that provides an overview of the program and its benefits. In addition, CIS provides CIE Instructor Training for teachers. Teachers who complete Level 1 training have the option of taking the CIE Instructor Training – Level 2 Certification.

In addition to training, CIS will provide chess supplies and equipment to schools along with chess training software licenses. CIS will also provide online support for the duration of the program. Finally, CIS will provide access to additional online chess in education resources.

What does a teacher who attends the professional development receive? What does the teacher’s school receive?

Answer: Teachers who complete the training receive certification as Level I Certified CIE Instructor. As part of the training, they will receive a personal chess training software license, a training manual, and a stipend of $120 for each day of attendance.

The school will receive chess training software licenses for each participating student, a classroom set of chess equipment that includes chess sets (boards and pieces) and demonstration board along with other motivational chess-related items.

What factors will help my school create a successful program?

Answer: Communicating the benefits of chess to stakeholders (administrators, teachers, parents, community) helps to get lasting buy-in. Training at least two teachers per school mitigates turnover and allows more students to benefit. Remembering that the primary goals are student engagement and skill development (academic and 21st century skills) focuses the program as an integral part of the existing mission of the school.

I think my students would benefit from chess, but I don’t play and don’t have a lot of extra time to learn chess.

Answer: Chess is easier to learn than you might think. And you don’t need to be a chess expert to bring the game to your students. The training will give you what you need to get the program started. Afterward, learning new chess skills along with your students will actually build a stronger relationship with them.

I want to start a competitive after-school chess club at our school and prepare students for tournament play. Will Granite Gambit help?

Answer: Absolutely! But it will do even more. The program will help students develop the skills needed for success in and beyond the classroom. The training shows you how to use chess to develop academic and 21st century skills. You will also learn how to develop a variety of activities that take advantage of students’ desire to compete. Chess in Schools is also working with the New Hampshire Chess Association to expand opportunities for competitive chess.

We already have an after-school chess program. How would Granite Gambit help?

Answer: Granite Gambit offers schools additional training and resources (such as chess equipment and online training licenses) to expand existing programming.

Is Granite Gambit targeted toward a particular type of student?

Answer: Chess appeals to students in all grade levels and from every background. Opportunities for in-person and online interaction have expanded in recent years allowing a broader range of student participation with reduced cost. Granite Gambit prepares your school to create a lasting program that positively impacts students from across the entire student population. Research shows the greatest benefits accrue to children during the elementary school years.

What is Chess in Education?

Answer: Chess in Education focuses on chess as an educational tool. Whether as a curriculum subject with its own school time or as a transversal and interdisciplinary tool with chess integrated into other curricular subjects, chess is used to engage and equip students with academic and 21st Century skills. Since it connects to any area of the curriculum, chess serves as a means to create student interest, differentiate for complexity, and encourage critical thinking in and beyond the classroom.  Click here for more information!

How do students benefit from playing chess or using chess-related activities in the classroom?

Answer: Chess introduces and reinforces Academic and 21st Century skills such as:

  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity

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