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West Coast Chess Alliance
Think Before You Move
We are a non-profit chess advocacy organization that works to utilize the many educational benefits of playing chess to engage, enrich and empower young minds.
We provide affordable, fun and high quality chess education through school and community based programs. The most important aspect of our mission is to develop in-school and after-school scholastic chess programs, we organize tournaments, offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.
Our motto: “Always think before you make a move”. We focus on promoting self-esteem, develop critical skills necessary for success in school and life.
We are an official affiliate of the US Chess Federation, the governing body for chess in the USA. We believe playing chess if taught properly can promote self-esteem, develop critical thinking and problem solving skill sets for young minds.
The game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement. Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it, so as to become habits, ready on all occasions.” Benjamin Franklin (On the Morals of Chess)