As of June 30, 2017, Chess Challenge in DC (CCinDC) transferred its programming to Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and has dissolved as a separate not-for-profit organization. CCinDC has achieved an awesome ten-year track record of success, and everyone at LAYC hopes to keep their model strong and thriving for years to come!

LAYC is honored to have been chosen by the CCinDC Board of Directors to continue the program for children and youth in the District of Columbia. LAYC has been a Chess Challenge site for many years, and we recognize the value of chess in increasing young people’s academic, social, and critical thinking skills. A special thanks to Suzy Hirsch, her staff, and the Board of Directors for their commitment to this unique out-of-school time opportunity. This program is such a great fit for LAYC’s educational programming, and we are so excited to keep the legacy going for young people in DC.

This fall, LAYC launched CCinDC at Powell and Bancroft Elementary Schools and Takoma Education Campus. In October, we will open at Brent and Shepherd Elementary Schools and several additional school-based sites.

Paul Tough, in his book How Children Succeed, devotes a chapter on the value of teaching chess to elementary and middle school students. Based on his conversations and site visits he surmises that teaching chess is so much more than a game, it is about teaching students a new way to think and the habits that go along with thinking. These types of critical thinking skills are more important now than ever before, as our young people strive to be global citizens and problem solvers!

For more information on CCinDC at LAYC, please contact Elio Cruz at

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