Chess for Kids and Teens

Created by Linda Tripp, collection development librarian.

Some of SCLSNJ’s most popular programs help kids learn and develop chess skills. Register today for the Thursday, January 21 session of Beginner’s Guide to Chess (for grades 4-12). More experienced chess players in grades 9-12 can sign up for Advanced Strategies for Chess, taking place on Friday, February 5. Older kids and teens (grownups, too!) can explore the three-and-a-half hour, on-demand video chess skills class available any time through Gale Udemy. A Google or Microsoft account is required to use Udemy; after logging in, search for: Learn to Play Chess: From a Novice to a Fierce Competitor.

Nonfiction Books


Since he was 5 years old, Jose’s abuelita taught him to play chess like his grandfather who was a champion in Mexico. Now as part of the Brownsville school team, Jose finds himself in the spotlight and has the chance to use his skills as he tries to help his team make it to the Texas state finals. Based on a true heartwarming and inspirational story.

The winner of four World Championships teaches beginners basic chess knowledge including pieces, points, rules, and moves. 

Based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.