LINC Chess Initiative

LINC believes that chess is a great way for children to learn and think strategically. We support active chess clubs in the afterschool program at many LINC Caring Communities sites. Students in LINC chess programs regularly compete in local tournaments. The programs use chess to enhance students' self-confidence, thinking skills and academic achievement.

Click here to see a list and map of current LINC Chess programs.

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Sign up for LINC Summer Chess Camp and University!

LINC Chess Camp

Improve your chess game at LINC Chess Camp. LINC Chess Camp is free and available to students who have participated in at least one LINC Chess Tournament. Instructors will help you keep your chess skills sharp for the upcoming school year.

LINC Chess University

Get hands-on experience teaching chess. LINC Chess University is free and available to any adult who wants to learn the LINC Chess way of teaching chess. The Instructor will lead you though the LINC Chess curriculum and help you understand how to teach students how to play the game of Chess.

Both Courses are held July 11- 21, Mon-Thu, 8 a.m. - Noon

Chouteau Elementary, 3701 N Jackson, Kansas City, MO 64117 

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Volunteer with LINC Chess

LINC Chess is always looking for volunteers, whether for help at sites, during a tournament, or anywhere in between. Let us know if you're interested.

Parent resources

LINC Chess parents can help their student practice with these series of materials. Download the files below to learn the function of each chess piece with your student.

Chess Board - Introduction

Pawns - Week 1

Rooks - Week 2

Bishops - Week Three

Queen - Week Four

Knights - Week Five

King - Week Six

Castling - Week Seven

Check, checkmate, stalemate - Week Eight

LINC Chess certificates

Click the picture of the certificate you would like to download. All certificates are Publisher 2010 documents.

LINC Chess certificate. 

LINC Chess certificate. 

LINC Chess blank certificate.

LINC Chess blank certificate.

LINC Chess News

LINC Commission Meeting Monday, July 18th

The LINC Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday, July 18th from 4-6 pm at the Kauffman Foundation.

The public is invited to attend.

Download the meeting booklet.


LINC In Photos 2015

We are happy to share this year's LINC in Photos — a visual representation of LINC's impact and presence in the community. LINC in Photos 2015 is dedicated to LINC Chairman Emeritus Landon Rowland, who passed away on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015.

Over 200 students compete at LINC Chess Winter Tournament in Fort Osage

Over two hundred students participated in a total of five competitive rounds of chess play today, Saturday December 5 at Fire Prairie Upper Elementary in Fort Osage School District. The next tournament will be March 5 at Bingham Middle School in the Independence School District.

Over twenty students are active with LINC Chess Camp this summer

LINC Chess Camp and LINC Chess University are keeping students and volunteers active playing chess this week at Woodland Early Learning Center in Kansas City Public Schools. New this year, LINC Chess University participants will work with LINC Chess Camp students their last day.

Increase in LINC Chess participation continues into summer

Students continue to play chess into the summer. Seventeen elementary schools in Kansas City Public Schools are open with LINC Summer Schools students playing and learning chess. LINC Chess camp will once again be offered this summer at Woodland Early Learning Center July 27-July 31. 

LINC Chess programs keep students, adults playing in the summer

LINC Chess  is once again hosting programs this summer with LINC Chess Camp and LINC Chess University at Woodland Early Learning Center in Kansas City Public Schools. From 8 a.m. to noon starting Monday, July 27-Friday, July 31 students can improve their chess game with LINC Chess instructors during LINC Chess. Adults can sign up for LINC Chess University to become a certified LINC Chess instructor.

Results: LINC Chess End of Year Tournament in Hickman Mills

Over 200 students competed in five rounds of chess during the LINC Chess End of Year Tournament at Hickman Mills Freshman Center Saturday, May 9. Congratulations to all participants!

Over 200 students play chess at NKC tournament

Tournament results. Over 200 students from the Kansas City area competed in the LINC Chess K-12 Tournament at North Kansas City High School Saturday, May 28. Pre-registration is open for the next tournament, the LINC Chess End of Year Tournament Saturday, May 9.

Results: LINC Chess Girls Tournament at Border Star Montessori in K.C.P.S.

One hundred and one students fought the snow with their families to play at the LINC Chess Girls Tournament at Border Star Montessori on Saturday, February 28. Photos will be available online at

Students to play during LINC Chess Girls Tournament in K.C.P.S.

Pre-registration is open for the annual LINC Chess Girls Tournament, Saturday, February 28. LINC Chess tournaments are open to any K-12 chess player to participate.