About Us

Where Baltimore Plays Chess.

We are passionate about supporting Baltimore City youth as they learn and develop their skills as lifelong chess players. We apply tactics and the lesson of the game to how these same practices can impact our students’ everyday lives, making it much more than just a game.

Christina Heffner

Chess has the power to capture the focus of individuals, even amongst a worldwide attention deficit.

Christina Heffner - Executive Director
Our Program at a Glance
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Mission Statement

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.

Our Core Values
BKCL is an inclusive organization that offers opportunities for youth in the Baltimore area to experience the joy and accomplishment of playing chess.
Our Philosophy

BKCL offers a ready-built chess club system that includes trained coaches, materials, competitions, and partnerships to enhance the chess experience for Baltimore youth.

Baltimore Kids Chess League
Baltimore Kids Chess League
Baltimore Kids Chess League
Baltimore Kids Chess League