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Pembroke Pines (K-12) Campus - Chess

Why Chess?

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Chess is an integral part of the Franklin Academy curriculum. Dating back to the sixth century AD, chess is an excellent way to learn to focus, analyze problems, plan and execute solutions, and learn decision making skills that will help them throughout their life.

Studies have demonstrated that students who have completed a course in chess have shown significant improvement in science, mathematics, critical thinking and social skills.

At Franklin, chess is offered as one of the specials rotation for grades K‐5, and as an elective option for grades 6‐12. It is also offered as an afterschool club and as a competitive team that competes against other schools in local, regional and national tournaments.

Club Chess

Check with your local chess coach to confirm dates and times for Chess Club meetings. 


Competitive Chess

The chess teams at each campus will be hosting chess tournaments and traveling to other locations to participate in chess tournaments. Check with your chess coach for details on plans to participate in the tournaments below.

Franklin Hosted Tournaments

Scheduled Events

 11/4 - 5/18 - Boynton Beach Campus Grand Prix Schedule

11/9-11/11 – Adult/17th Annual Turkey Bowl – Palm Beach Gardens 

12/1 --  Fall Chess Tournament, Cooper City Campus 

12/14- 12/16 - National Grade Level Championship - Orland 

4/26 - 4/28 - 2019 National Junior High (K-9) Championship  


Other Tournaments

World Chess Championship 2018

The Palm Beach Gardens 5th grade team won the state title!

Franklin Academy recently held a chess tournament at the Sunrise campus and there were 51 participants. Congratulations to everyone who participated.

On October 15th, Franklin Academy’s Palm Beach Gardens chess coaches partnered with the Florida Panthers for a day of chess and hockey. Read the story about the event on the US Chess Federation’s website.

The PBG campus recently competed in Nationals and the 8th grade team finished 7th out of roughly 30 teams, and the 5th grade team finished tied for 10th out of roughly 50 teams. The students performed very well, and we are extremely motivated towards the goal of winning Super Nationals.


Chess Links

Boca Chess Tournaments
Chess Academy
U.S. Chess Federation

Meet Our Chess Teachers

Boynton Beach

Mr. Steve Abrahams



Cooper City

Mr. Charles Hicks


Palm Beach Gardens

Mr. BryanTillis, Life Master

Mr. Caleb Adams


Pembroke Pines (K‐8)

Mr. Brandon Rosado


Pembroke Pines (K‐12)

Mr. Libaski Espinosa

Mr. Diego Milla



Mr. Akili Nebiu

Mr. Ramon Lorente