First Move Gives Kids An Advantage.

First Move teaches critical and creative thinking skills through chess. The curriculum engages young minds and expands…

abstract thinking. problem solving. pattern recognition. decision making. logical reasoning.

Magnus Carlsen

First Move’s
Honorary Chairman

“I consider First Move to be the most strategic way kids can live up to their full potential.”

Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Champion


Teaching critical and creative thinking skills, through the game of chess, to help students succeed academically and in life.


America’s Foundation for Chess is committed to the education of children in 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms across the nation. We engage students in learning, create positive educational experiences, and provide lifelong skills.