Chess helps students of all ages learn how to think. 

It develops memory, the ability to calculate resulting in better performance solving mathematical problems, concentration, logical thinking and teaches one how to cope with disappointment.

We are chess teachers. Kids enjoy playing chess. We enjoy teaching chess. Our staff consists of PhD's, certified educators and experienced  teachers.



Our proven chess learning

program has produced numerous national "Top 100" age group students. We presently have ongoing programs in Newtown, Danbury, Wilton, Brookfield, Easton, Litchfield, Ridgefield & Waterbury.

Who We Are


What We Do


 News and Announcements... AJ Zatulskis won our August 28th online tournament, while Hayden Hughes, the 5-time champion (with a remarkable 31-1 record!!!) finished 2nd and Vivian Lin was 3rd. Jocelyn Schwartz and Alexander Crossman were the Top 3rd/4th Graders...Stay tuned for announcements about virtual classes...Continued Congratulations to CKPCI students Preston DeLeo as the 2020 CT State High School Chess Champion, Peter Wolfe as the 2020 State Middle School Champion  and Miles Wolfe as the 2020 CT State Elementary School Champion!!!  

At Connecticut Kids Play Chess, a certified 501(c)(3) non profit public charity, our mission is to provide high quality chess lessons  to Connecticut school students.

Our founder and President, Glenn Budzinski, in action at the chessboard. Glenn has been a chess teacher, US Chess Federation-rated chess Expert and certified tournament director for over 40 years and has been nominated for Chess Journalist of the Year.  He wrote the first nationally-syndicated, electronic chess column in the US and is the publisher of "The Electronic Chess Library" chess database. Glenn holds a B.A., M.A. and was a PhD. Candidate. Many of the best young players in Connecticut continue to be his students. Glenn was recently interviewed by Chess Life, the U.S. Chess national magazine.

We are a Bridge to Success/United Way Partner.

Why We Do It

   Chess is Math.

   Math is Chess.

            Western Connecticut's Largest Provider of Scholastic Chess Programs

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Here's your chance to help us bring chess to all Connecticut schools!  We are a 501(c) (3) non-profit, public charity, so donations are 100% tax deductible!!! Please contact us at for more information.  We thank you in advance, for your support!

   Connecticut Kids Play Chess, Inc.