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 Kings.

How We Do It

Our chess coaches commit to an ongoing intense training program led by our founder, Damen Fletcher. Our dynamic chess curriculum compliments a variety of learning styles with captivating lessons, fun activities, challenging exercises, problems, and puzzles. We tailor our program to fit the needs of the students and organizations we work with. 

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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 you discover your 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