~ Indian Proverb

Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe.

Chess curriculum is integrated into Grades K-2 and features a world class chess team after school.

In the area of critical thinking, children learn to categorize information, reason by analogy, follow a logical sequence of ideas, recognize patterns, apply general principles, assess whether one general principle overrides another, and calculate and analyze disparate values to arrive at practical outcomes.

In the domain of social development, chess helps children learn to follow the rules, take turns, accept responsibility for their decisions, respect tradition and demonstrate good sportsmanship in both victory and defeat.  They learn that persistence pays off and that discipline and patience are well rewarded in this microcosm of the larger world.

Formal chess instruction begins in the kindergarten grade. Students receive weekly chess instruction in kindergarten for one semester, and in first grade for two semesters. In second grade, students have formal chess classes for one semester. Opportunities for extension and further development of a student’s passion for chess abound at Dalton.  The early morning and after school programs offer chess instruction across all grade levels. Students participate in local, city, state and national tournaments.  Dalton students have been city, state and national champions many times.

We use many methods of instruction. In each class, we utilize verbal, visual, and hands-on activities.  Each child can demonstrate proficiency or seek further guidance. Assessment is constant throughout as the teacher observes the students and asks and answers questions. 

The chess program at Dalton uniquely provides continuous exposure to chess learning and allows all students to be well served.

Dalton Chess News

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  • Seniors Tristan Sollecito, Danny Challenger, Reddy Lee, and Coach David MacEnulty at the 2018 National Scholastic Chess Tournament.

    Dalton Chess Team Breaks National Records as Seniors Bid Fond Farewell at National Chess Tournament

    The Dalton Chess Team broke national and Dalton records as the leading and largest school team in history at the recent National Scholastic Chess Tournament in Orlando (Grades K-12). Special congrats to individual National Champions Gus Huston '24, Nate Shuman '24, Sumit Dhar '23, and Marcus Miyasaka '21 and to the Grade 7, Kindergarten, K-12 Blitz Championship teams. As a fellow coach from California said, "It's very hard to be in the top ten, but to have nine in the top three is staggering."
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Chess Faculty

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Chess Photos and Video

  • 2018 Chess Nationals - Orlando, Florida

    Chess Team breaks K-12 National Chess Championship and Dalton records as the largest school delegation in history.

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  • Seniors Danny Challenger, Reddy Lee, and Tristan Sollecito give a heartwarming and inspiring toast about what their ongoing commitment to Dalton chess has meant to them throughout their many Dalton days. This was their 18th trip to the Nationals.
    Dalton Chess Seniors Give a Fond Farewell

    Seniors Danny Challenger, Reddy Lee, and Tristan Sollecito give a heartwarming and inspiring toast about what their ongoing commitment to Dalton chess has meant to them throughout their many Dalton days. This was their 18th trip to the Nationals.

    Video contributed by Gina Sohn. Added comments by Alexandra Shuman

    Seniors Danny Challenger, Reddy Lee, and Tristan Sollecito give a heartwarming and inspiring toast about what their ongoing commitment to Dalton chess has meant to them throughout their many Dalton days. This was their 18th trip to the Nationals.

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  • Chess Nationals 2018 - Nashville, TN
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  • Grade Level Chess Nationals on Orlando
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  • Chess Supernationals - 2017
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  • Girls Chess Nationals in Chicago - 2017
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  • New York State Chess Championships - 2017

    Photos by David MacEnulty

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  • K-12 Grade Nationals, December 2016, Nashville
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  • Dalton Chess at Grade Nationals May 2016
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  • 2016 Chess Team in Chicago
    2016 Girls National Chess Tournament in Chicago

    2016 Chess Team in Chicago

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  • Girls' Friendly Chess Tournament December 2015

    Over 50 girls from Dalton and other schools had a great time!

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  • Chess Team Reaches New Heights

    Photos from the Grade Nationals in Orlando

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  • K-1 Friendly October 2015
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  • New York State Chess Champions - 2015
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  • Spence All Girls Chess Tournament

    Photos submitted by Mr. David MacEnulty, Chess Academy Director

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  • Chess Team Earns National Recognition

    Photos provided by David MacEnulty

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  • National Elementary Chess Tournament 2014 - Dallas, Tx

    Photos by David MacEnulty

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  • Dalton Hosts All Girls K-3 Chess Tournament
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  • Chicago National Girls Tournament

    Photos by David MacEnulty

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  • Chess Team Raids the NY State Chess Championships
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