To succeed at chess, one must strategize for every possible move an opponent might make, be it a king-pawn opening, the two knights, or a sudden bout of krumping. Let kids electric slide into higher realms of mental prowess with today’s Groupon to CheckMates Chess Academy. Choose from the following options:
- For $105, you get three private chess lessons for one child (a $210 value).
- For $165, you get three private chess lessons for two children (a $330 value).
Founded in 2006 by Chicago-area teachers Lev and George Krasnopolskiy, CheckMates Chess Academy instills positive mental attitudes in children in grades K–6 through the challenging and rewarding medium of competitive chess. Private sessions with a coach (a $210 value) offer budding Bobby Fischers opportunities to sharpen decision-making skills and improve their capacity for concentration, locking into one-on-one chess education augmented through music, puzzles, and acting out the inner monologue of a rook. Each private student will receive VIP access to CheckMates competitive tournaments, offering opportunities to play or watch bouts of brawn in action while pointing out bold moves with foam fingers.
Siblings, blood brothers, or three-legged race partners may elect to study as a duo (a $330 value), capitalizing on the chance to put their heads together and forge further depths of friendship. Students also have the opportunity to play against one another, offering a safer venue for one-on-one battles than supermarket drag racing or competitive bear punking. All private-lesson students also receive a chessboard along with access to online support workbooks.