Since 2003, Baltimore Kids' Chess League has promoted chess education in Baltimore City. 800 students from 40 Baltimore City Public Schools participate in our programs annually. We train teachers to become chess coaches, provide clubs with equipment and materials, hold novice tournaments, and sponsor qualifying BCPS students to participate in local, state and national US Chess Federation rated tournaments.
Baltimore Kids Chess League, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that exists to promote scholastic chess educational opportunities in Baltimore City that foster skills necessary for overall academic achievement.
Chess develops general intelligence, self-control, analytic skill, and increased ability to concentrate (Stuart Margulies, "The Effect of Chess on Reading Scores: District Nine Chess Program Second Year Report," 1992).
Chess makes an excellent after-school activity at any grade level and the per-student cost can be substantially less than other academic or sports activity. Scholastic chess has been successful in many cities and school systems around the country. Take a look at Portland, Houston, Dallas, and New York. So why not in Baltimore, too?
Steven Alpern has been the Commissioner of the league since it began in 2003. His experience includes 33 years as an instructional leader in the Baltimore City Public Schools. He launched chess programs in the city schools in 1990.
Dr. Linda Lee, BKCL Founder
Carolyn Williams, BKCL Secretary
Steven Alpern, BKCL Commissioner
BKCL wishes to thank our partner organizations for their ongoing support!
Baltimore City Public Schools
The Abell Foundation
Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth