Shanghai Chess Academy (SCA) provides professional, qualified international chess instruction in Shanghai. We teach in English at international schools, community centres and people’s homes all around the city.

SCA also organizes competitive chess tournaments where kids can put their skills to the test. Learning chess is a great way to build thinking skills in a safe, fun environment.

“Learning Chess has a positive influence on the development of both numerical and verbal aptitudes”

Dr. Albert Frank – Chess and Aptitudes – Zaire 1974

The benefits

Why chess?

Some of the educational benefits of chess include improved concentration, attention span, memory and critical thinking. Chess also emphasises the importance of advanced planning, it develops analytical and accurate thinking, and teaches fair play and sportsmanship

Countless studies have proven the positive effect of studying chess on academic performance through improved:

  • Concentration
  • Attention span
  • Memory
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking skills

How we do it

We offer a variety of programs to suit your needs and schedule

1. After School Program

We work with numerous international schools in Shanghai. As such your child can attend instruction right after school finishes. They will be learning chess in a safe, fun environment and practice with their peers.

Our afterschool chess program is open to all ages and abilities. Coaches focus on showing students that chess is both educational and enjoyable. Classes and lessons are arranged according to the level of the students.

Currently we offer afterschool classes at 10 international schools across Shanghai. Contact us to find out if we offer chess at your school.

2. Small Group Classes

Small group classes are a great compliment to our after school programs and accelerate the speed of the student’s learning. Classes are capped at four to eight students which makes the perfect environment for learning more complex strategy and tactical motifs.

Students are grouped by ability. Each student is guided by our expert chess coaches through the Shanghai Chess Academy’s signature curriculum.

We make sure that our Academy students have an opportunity to put the knowledge they learn into practice, therefore at the end of each class students have the opportunity to play against each other under the coach’s supervision.

3. Private Classes

Private classes are tailor-made for each student at a time to suit you. Coaches help students to improve all aspects of their game, fix weaknesses and design a unique systematic training program to ensure rapid progress.

Private classes are available for all ages and levels, based on the availability of coaches and location. Please contact us directly to discuss your requirements.

4. Intensive Courses & Holiday Camps

During school holidays we organize intensive courses and chess camps. This is when students make the most rapid progress, sometimes progressing through one or two levels in just one or two weeks. Students can join for half days, full days or full weeks.

Coaches organize the lessons to provide variety during the day, moving through teaching new concepts, solving puzzles, analysing infamous games of chess grand masters, practice play and analysing their own games.