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Chess Mates

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Does your child like to play chess? Is he or she interested in learning to play this timeless game? Exercise his or her mind muscles at Chess Mates! Multi-week class series focus on building an understanding of chess and having fun while developing creativity, executive function, and math skills. Chess Mates is led by guest coaches John Teixeira, a two-time Albemarle and Charlottesville area chess champion with 45 years of experience playing and coaching, and Aaron Osborne, the current No. 1 Class C player in Virginia.

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5-Week Class Series
Select Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
(Offered Once a Quarter)

Classes Meet in Creation Station


Ages 6 & Up
$80 Per Child
Annual Members: 15% Off

All Experience Levels Welcome

Upcoming Classes

Spring Class - CANCELED

5 Classes  |  Wednesdays (April 15-May 13)  |  4:15-5:15 p.m.

The spring class is suitable for players ages 6 and older of all skill levels. The class features two instructors, so beginners will have the opportunity to work on basic mechanics and gameplay while more experienced players work on skills development.


Pre-Registration Required. Space Limited to 15 Children.

Summer Class - CLASS FULL

3-Day Camp: $135/Child  |  June 29-July 1  |  9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

The summer class will be offered as a three-day mini Summer Camp. The class will be led by guest coach Aaron Osborne and is suitable for players ages 6 and older of all skill levels.

Register at Summer Camps

Summer Camps Open to Annual Members on Feb. 3 and to the Public on Feb. 10.

Contact Us

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Contact Operations Director Lindsay Jones at (434) 977-1025 x102 or to learn more about the Museum’s Chess Mates class series.