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Roanoke City Schools has been offering formal chess instruction for the division's students for over 30 years. Research has shown that involvement in chess builds self-esteem, critical thinking, logical reasoning skill, and memory skills, as well as observational and analytical skills for all children.


The root of the school system's program is the school chess club. Each school in Roanoke City can offer either a before or after school chess club. During this time, students receive basic chess instruction from the sponsor with guidance from one of the division's quadrant instructors and division-approved lesson plans.

For more information on the Roanoke City Schools' chess programs, contact your school chess sponsor or Mickey Owens, Chess Coordinator.

Phone: 540-798-6244
E-mail: mowens@rcps.info

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502 Nineteenth Street, SE, Roanoke, VA 24013 Phone 540-853-2535