Chess is like a language, the top players are very fluent at it. – Vishy Anand

Welcome to Creative Chess Academy! We provide Chess training aimed at developing creativity in children.

Conventional chess coaching revolves around giving more information to chess pupils. They already have far too much of it ― in form of books, and databases filled with millions of games. Instead, at Creative Chess Academy, we embed the ability to make sense of information, to tell the difference between what is important and what is unimportant, and, above all, to combine many bits of information into a broad picture of the overall game. We help the pupil understand what is happening around him/her and navigate the maze of information.

“Creativity has nothing to do with any activity in particular – with painting, poetry, dancing, singing. It is the quality that you bring to the activity you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach – how you look at things.” ―Osho

Kids cannot learn creativity by reading a book or listening to a lecture. We will have to repeatedly let go of some of what we know best, and learn to feel at home with the unknown. Unfortunately, teaching kids to embrace the unknown while maintaining their mental balance is far more difficult than teaching them a deep opening variation in Sicilian or middlegame strategies. Chess coaches themselves usually lack the mental flexibility that the chess world demands since they themselves are the product of the old teaching systems.

“Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.” ― Osho

Creative Chess Academy lets the pupil be. We let the pupil flow. We believe the experiences at the chessboard teach all of us valuable lessons. Chess is a mirror of life. The more experience pupil has, the more mature he or she becomes.