Summit School of Chess Responds to Fabiano Caruana’s Reflections on the World Chess Champion Title

Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura at the 2024 FIDE Candidates in Toronto. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Here at Summit School of Chess, we love to celebrate world-class players and follow their exciting journeys to chess mastery. American Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana has been a major player in the chess world for many years, and his recent interview with offered interesting insights into his experiences. In our view, here are the top three chess lessons we can learn from Caruana’s interview:

1. It’s Never Too Early to Start Playing Chess

Many children in the Denver area learn the basics of chess from their parents or grandparents. However, it’s the kids who start early and get professional coaching who have the potential to reach Caruana’s level. Caruana started playing chess between the ages of five and six. While not every child will dream of becoming the World Champion, Summit School of Chess believes firmly that the focus, strategy, and creativity skills gained from chess benefit kids no matter their age. We welcome players of all levels in the Denver area.

2. Practice Makes Perfect (And Chess Tournaments Too!)

Caruana’s emphasis on the importance of play resonated with us. It’s one thing to study chess theory and moves, but kids often learn the most by putting those lessons into practice. They need low-stakes, supportive environments to do that. This is where Summit School of Chess steps in. We host monthly chess tournaments, summer camps, and after-school programs for Denver-area kids, providing them with opportunities to practice with their peers and learn in a fun, social atmosphere.

3. Chess Teaches Us to Handle Pressure

Caruana highlights the intense pressure of playing at such a high level. The mental toughness it takes to win at big tournaments is remarkable. All chess players, even beginners, can relate to that feeling of intense focus. Learning to thrive under that kind of pressure is an invaluable skill that we help to cultivate in our students. Summit School of Chess isn’t just about knowing how the pieces move. It’s about learning to make good decisions under pressure, win gracefully, and learn from mistakes.

The media attention in London in 2018 was intense. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

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If you’re looking for chess lessons in the Denver area (or online) for your child (or yourself!), Summit School of Chess is here for you! Whether you have dreams of becoming the next World Champion or just want to experience the joy of a beautiful and intricate game, we have the resources to support your chess journey. Visit ( or give us a call to sign up for our next chess program.

Weird chairs and COVID measures dominated the 2020 Candidates Tournament in Yekaterinburg. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

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