FAQs

You have questions. Chess is all about finding solutions. We are here to help.

What does “21st century” education mean?

Chess is a portable classroom. We are never done learning because we can learn everywhere. The way we teach chess is not the traditional teacher stands in front of a chalkboard and shows a few moves. Our students lead the discussion and create their own curriculum. QGCI’s curriculum is modeled after PA Early Learning Standards. Our students use the strategy of the game to create change in their community and use these skills to test different career paths. 

I want chess programming at my school or organization. Where do I start?

Great question. You can shoot us an email at chess.tqg@gmail.com or call us at 412-354-0996, but the easiest way is to fill out this form. We want to know about your organization and how we can best support your needs. 

I want chess programming for my child or myself. Where do I start? 

Great question. You can shoot us an email at chess.tqg@gmail.com or call us at 412-354-0996, but the easiest way is to fill out this form. We want to know about your organization and how we can best support your needs. 

What does chess programming look like at QGCI?

Using the strategy of chess for life is what we are all about, but before we talk about our chess programming at QGCI, we always ask the organization what their ideal partnership looks like. We want to support the organization’s mission and find the best fit. 

However, most basically, we provide formal chess classes and informal chess clubs. Formal chess classes are typically six to eight weeks long for an hour on a particular day (Monday-Saturday). We teach classes that range from a Beginner’s Chess Class to an Advanced Beginner’s Chess Class to an Intermediate Class. Formal chess classes require sign-ups prior to the start of class, and we accept new students until the third week of class. Our lessons build on the weeks prior, so we want to ensure our students are up to date on all of the new material. 

Informal chess clubs (typically offered in library and community centers) are a chance for students to be exposed to chess in an informal setting. Our instructors facilitate the process of learning. These informal clubs are typically eight to ten weeks without any registration. 

To view mock lesson plans, scroll down this page and visit the “Ready to Learn” section. We provide all chess sets and any other supplies. 

Do your teachers have clearances? 

Absolutely. We take this very seriously. All of our instructors have clearances and share a similar application process to any new teacher enrolled in a specific school. 

What’s the cost? 

Queen’s Gambit was built on the philosophy that all students should have the opportunity to learn chess. We are very flexible in terms of cost, and this discussion takes place on an organization to organization basis. Typically, we charge $36 dollars per student for a six-week course. For private chess programming, we charge $20 dollars for an hour lesson. We do offer scholarships, and if an organization is working with us for the first time, we provide free programming for the first two classes to ensure the partnership is a good fit.