To teach the un-teachable, reach the un-reachable, and always think before you move” is the core mission of the Big Chair Chess Club, Inc. at the Deanwood Branch located in the nation’s capital.  The organization teaches chess to inner-city children and adults, not only as a board game, but also as an application to life skills, such as improving one’s concentration and self-discipline.  

Members of the Big Chair Chess Club team have competed in the National Scholastic Chess Tournament in Nashville, TN and Charlotte, NC as well as the Super-National Chess Tournament in Kansas City, MI and won trophies.  The Big Chair Chess Club, Inc. has trained and coached Kimball Elementary School students through seven (7) years of city championships.  School administrators report that students involved in the chess programs have shown remarkable improvement in behavior, concentration, and test scores.  Students learn that their decisions in life, as on the game board, have consequences.  Participants build self-confidence and self-esteem.

The Big Chair Chess Club, Inc. is a non-profit organization under IRS 501(c)(3).  The organization does not receive any support from the government or the U.S. Chess Federation.  Funding comes entirely from supporters who agree that chess is beneficial to children and understand that the organization cannot continue its efforts without money. 

Checks should be made payable to:

The Big Chair Chess Club, Inc.



Eugene Brown &

 Maurice Ashley, International Grandmaster

The Original Chess-Mobile

Big Chair Chess Club Inc.
4322 Sheriff Road Northeast
Washington, DC 20019-3737