Become a chess champ: A virtual tutorial & more at-home activities for kids

Chess challenges young minds to think critically. It teaches sacrifice and strategy, and exercises the ability to think ahead. And it’s fun!

Whether kids are new to chess or have been playing for some time, your public library has resources for all experience levels—including a virtual chess tutorial, an ongoing virtual workshop series, live tutoring, books, and more!

Ready to get started but don’t have a chess set? Check out or create your own! Place a hold on a Discovery Kit Chess bag in the library catalog, print out a board and pieces, or simply draw your own board and pieces.

Check out this tutorial

Luis Tubens has been teaching chess at the Oak Park Public Library for several years, and now you can learn from him via video! We’ll start with the basics, how to move each chess piece, then move on to game play. New lessons are being added, so check back often. Just press the play button to get started!

Try these digital resources

  • Browse the kids’ chess books on Hoopla and Media on Demand/Libby.
  • Get live tutoring with expert chess tutors—available Monday through Thursday from 3 to 9 pm—on BrainFuse HelpNow. Tutors have certifiable qualifications such as high Elo ratings (2000+), chess coaching experience, and current or previous titles (for example, expert/candidate master).