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What We Do

Train of Thought is a chess education program that teaches leadership through the game of chess.  Since 2006, we've partnered with more than 100 schools across the U.S. and have taught more than 50,000 students the game of chess.

How We Do It

Train of Thought uses chess as a tool to accelerate the development of critical thinking skills. It’s the process of identifying, analyzing, and evaluating options and the many consequences you might have to face as a result of each of those choices.


Our program also teaches leadership principles through the game.  Our goal is to help kids see their potential for greatness, to instill in them the resilience to overcome any challenges, obstacles, or opposition they might encounter, and to help them see the role they play in creating their future self. 

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Why Chess

Chess is the most powerful tool available to accelerate cognitive and character development.  Our program is designed to help students discover their own unique strengths.

Cognitive Development

  • Concentration

  • Visualization

  • Planning

  • Calculation

  • Pattern Recognition

  • Predicting Consequences

  • Problem Solving

  • Critical Thinking

  • Logical Reasoning

  • Deductive Reasoning

  • Divergent Thinking

  • Retrograde Analysis

Character Development

  • Confidence

  • Courage

  • Discipline

  • Perseverance

  • Leadership

  • Integrity

  • Respect

  • Creativity

  • Vision

  • Humility

  • Compassion

  • Patience

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