Using Chess to Make a Difference

What we do

Student-Led Chess Association, SLCA, is an organization committed to promoting the game of Chess while making a difference in communities.


Our Premier Chess-Equity Initiative

Interested in Chess?

SLCA provides various chess programs and workshops free of cost to K-12 students to improve their chess game as well as foster critical thinking skills. During the summer, we run a week long program taught by experienced USCF-rated tutors. There are classes for all experience levels, and no prior experience or knowledge of chess is needed to participate. Other times we run day workshops targeted towards younger children to introduce the game of chess.

Start an SLCA Branch

Join a growing network of school chess clubs across the country. Start an SLCA-affiliated chapter at your school. This will give you access to SLCA exclusive resources and events, and connection to countless other chess clubs at schools across the country.

Our Impact

Using Chess to Make a Difference

Chess to Change the Community

In addition to running educational programs that expand access to chess instruction, SLCA runs various chess tournaments regularly to support charities and local causes in the communities of our branches. A portion of entry fees at these charity tournaments are donated to the partner organization to harness the game of chess to make change in our local communities. We believe in education for all, and strive toward providing a uniform education to all populations.

Reach out to us

If you are a charity or partner interested in working with us to support your cause, please navigate to our Contact page. Click on the button below to see any planned or ongoing tournaments.


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