Chess: The Great Equalizer – Embracing Diversity and Inclusion at Summit School of Chess

Chess is the great equalizer - Krsto plays with the help of assistant - he is unable to move the pieces himself. Even with severe constraints, his love for the game is unparalleled.

Krsto is a member of the chess club Stjepan Bosak Uriho, whose line-up consists of only disabled chess players.

At Summit School of Chess, we believe that chess is more than just a game; it’s a powerful tool for learning, growth, and inclusion. As National Master Jesse Cohen, the owner and head coach of Summit School of Chess, I am committed to creating an environment where every child can thrive, regardless of their abilities or backgrounds. Our programs are designed to cater to all children, including those with disabilities, ensuring they experience the joy and benefits of chess.

Chess for All: Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges

The recent article from Business Insider highlights a significant issue faced by many parents: the lack of accessible summer camps for children with disabilities, such as autism. This resonates deeply with our mission at Summit School of Chess. We recognize the challenges parents face in finding inclusive programs that accommodate their children’s unique needs. Our goal is to bridge this gap by providing an inclusive and supportive environment where every child can enjoy the game of chess.

Why Chess is the Perfect Activity for Neurodivergent Children

Chess is often referred to as the great equalizer. It is a game that transcends physical abilities and provides a level playing field for all participants. Here’s why chess is particularly beneficial for neurodivergent children:

  1. Structured Environment: Chess offers a structured environment with clear rules and objectives, which can be comforting and engaging for children who thrive on routine and predictability.
  2. Improving Cognitive Skills: Chess helps enhance cognitive skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and planning. These skills are essential for all children, including those with autism, as they contribute to overall cognitive development.
  3. Encouraging Social Interaction: Through play chess, children can engage in meaningful social interactions. The game encourages communication, turn-taking, and sportsmanship, which are valuable skills for neurodivergent children.
  4. Boosting Self-Esteem: Success in play chess can significantly boost a child’s self-esteem and confidence. Mastering a challenging game like chess provides a sense of accomplishment and pride.

Our Commitment to Inclusivity at Summit School of Chess

At Summit School of Chess, we are dedicated to creating an inclusive environment where every child feels valued and supported. Here’s how we ensure our programs cater to all children, including those with disabilities:

  1. Customized Instruction: Our experienced coaches are trained to adapt their teaching methods to meet the individual needs of each child. Whether a child requires additional support or a different approach to learning, we tailor our instruction to ensure they can fully participate and enjoy the game.
  2. Small Group Sizes: We maintain small group sizes to ensure personalized attention and support for each student. This allows us to provide the necessary accommodations and modifications to meet the diverse needs of our students.
  3. Inclusive Summer Camps: Our summer chess camps are designed to be inclusive and welcoming to all children. We provide a supportive environment where children can learn, play, and make new friends. Our camps include a variety of activities that cater to different interests and abilities.
  4. Accessibility: We strive to make our programs accessible to all families in the Greater Denver Area. This includes offering flexible scheduling, affordable pricing, and financial assistance options for those in need.

Join Us at Summit School of Chess

If you are a parent looking for an inclusive and supportive summer camp for your child, we invite you to join us at Summit School of Chess. Our programs are designed to provide a fun and enriching experience for all children, helping them develop important life skills through the game of chess.

Visit our website at to learn more about our programs and to enroll your child in our summer camp. Together, we can create a community where every child has the opportunity to thrive and succeed through the power of play chess.

Our Mission

We are dedicated to broadening and developing chess as art, recreation, and a significant element of community culture. Our aim is to not only promote chess among the masses but also develop the cognitive abilities of our learners. At Summit School of Chess, we strive to:

  • Raise the self-esteem and confidence of our students both on and off the chessboard
  • Promote overall health of mind and body among our students
  • Offer opportunities for leadership among students

Chess is not just a game; it’s a lifelong skill that fosters logical thinking, planning, and problem-solving. Join us in making chess an accessible and enjoyable activity for all children in the Greater Denver Area.

Link to the original article on Business Insider.

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