Bringing Chess to Life

For over a thousand years, the game of chess has drawn a devoted following in nations all around the globe. And yet its true potential as an educational tool has only more recently begun to be realized. Chess Institute of Canada is a world leader in curriculum-based scholastic chess programming, where the ancient game is used as a vehicle for delivering profound life lessons for the challenges of today.




Discover a sense
of determination
and self-control


Gain new
goal-setting and
problem-solving skills


Develop respect
responsibility,
and resilience


Have fun and
make new friends
along the way





Making a Difference

Beyond spatial thinking and sportsmanship, CIC chess programs change the way players think about themselves, the situations they’re in, and the choices that lie ahead – while they are engaged and inspired by everything this mental martial art has to offer. We’d love to show you more about the life-changing impact of our chess programs!



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Innovative Outreach

Our life-changing intervention programs help people of all ages overcome a variety of challenges.

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For Schools

See the difference chess can make for your students with one of our scholastic programs.

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For Parents

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Latest News & Events

Dare to Dream tournament - postponed

Unfortunately, we have not had sufficient entries to run the tournament in July - stay tuned for the new date!

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Summer Camp 2018

Spots are still available for our Chess Camp - a summer day camp for kids 5 to 12 years old. CIC summer camps mix chess, sports, and arts into an unforgettable summer experience!

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Support Our Effort

There are many opportunities to support various facets of our mission. High school students can volunteer with chess clubs and tournaments, community groups can adopt a school in a priority neighbourhood or help an individual child attend a program their family could not afford, and we rely on donors to keep innovative outreach programs engaging youth at risk and turning lives around.

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