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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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Chase Bank partners with Train of Thought

Chase Bank partners with Train of Thought

Chase Bank partnered with Train of Thought for a unique Leadership Workshop. In this groundbreaking collaboration we explore the connections between the principles of leadership and the strategic game of chess. The workshop, titled “Leadership Through Chess,” aims to shed light on the responsibility of those in power to serve and the importance of practicing empathy in leadership. Train of Thought emphasizes that true leadership is not about being “in charge” but rather about taking care of the people “in your charge”. One of the key concepts explored in the workshop is the idea that great leaders lead from the rear. By drawing parallels between the strategic thinking required in chess and effective leadership, participants gain valuable insights into how to lead from a position of empathy and compassion. By adopting this approach, leaders can foster an environment of trust, collaboration, and growth. Chase Bank’s decision to tap into Train of Thought’s unique approach highlights their commitment to developing exceptional leaders within their organization. By offering this workshop, Chase Bank demonstrates its dedication to fostering a culture of empathy, responsibility, and growth. As the world continues to evolve, the need for compassionate and empathetic leaders becomes increasingly crucial. Chase Bank’s partnership with Train of Thought demonstrates their recognition of this fact and their commitment to nurturing leaders who can make a positive impact in the lives of others.
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