Chess Mates

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Does your child like to play chess? Are they interested in learning to play this timeless game? Exercise their mind muscles at Chess Mates! This program focuses on building an understanding of chess and having fun while developing creativity, executive function, and math skills. Chess Mates is led by guest instructors John Teixeira, a two-time Albemarle and Charlottesville area chess champion with 45 years of experience playing and coaching, and Aaron Osborne, the current No. 1 Class C player in Virginia. In-person Chess Mates classes will return sometime in Fall 2021 after the Museum reopens to the public on Sep. 7.

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Dates: See Below
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Children 6 & Up
All Skill Levels Welcome


Program: TBD
Annual Members: 10% Off

Upcoming Virtual Classes

No Chess Mates Classes Currently Scheduled

For other Museum programs, please check out our Programs page.

Frequently Asked Questions

My child has never played chess before / My child is an experienced chess player. Is this class suitable for them?

Beginners will have the opportunity to work on basic mechanics and gameplay while more experienced players work on skills development. Students will have the opportunity to play against others participating in the class.

How do I apply my 10% annual member discount?

To apply this discount to program registrations made online, you will need to create a Website User Account and link it to your membership record by following these instructions. If you have already created a Website User Account, click the registration link for the program you wish to register for and sign in using the link at the top of the registration page. If you need help applying your 10% discount when using our online order forms, please contact Marketing Manager Matt Berman at

Does VDM offer scholarships or financial assistance for Chess Mates?

In accordance with the Museum’s mission, VDM does offer a limited number of scholarships for all of its programs, including Chess Mates. For information about applying for a scholarship, contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at or (434) 977-1025 x102.

How do I set up my Website User Account?

You can follow the instructions here or contact Marketing Manager Matt Berman at

Did I successfully link my Website User Account and membership record?

Contact Marketing Manager Matt Berman at, and we’ll make sure everything is all set.

Contact Us

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? To learn more about Chess Mates classes, contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at