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Teaching Life Skills & Lessons Through Chess in NYC


Fred Magovern, Instructor & Coach

(917) 291-0374 / fred@flippedchess.com

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Teaching Life Skills & Lessons Through Chess in NYC


Fred Magovern, Instructor & Coach

(917) 291-0374 / fred@flippedchess.com

Chess As A Departure Point Into What Matters Most

Chess helps kids perform better academically. That's a very good thing. Today, it's also the least relevant aspect of this 1,500 year-old game. Nearly every school is already devoting all their class time and resources to cognitive development, while neglecting to teach their students how to pay attention, how to manage their emotions, and how to let go of stress. Without these skills, even with perfect grades and test scores, children are unlikely to develop into well-adjusted, fulfilled adults. Fortunately, like any other skill, these things can be taught, and chess is uniquely well-suited as a means of doing so.


Non-Cognitive Skills

In chess, there is no physicality as in sports to distract you from your thoughts. Everything is mental, and like in any competitive activity, challenging emotions arise. Chess, therefore, offers an unusually clear opportunity to teach kids how to develop self-awareness, self-control, concentration, compassion, and emotional balance.

Life Lessons

Chess is incredibly rich in metaphors for life. Everything translates between the two directly and practically.  By introducing students to the chess principle first, the corresponding life lesson becomes much more accessible to them. I lead my classes in regular discussions of how we can apply these chess principles on and off the board.

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My Chess Services


classes, clubs, coaching + flipped teaching

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My Chess Services


classes, clubs, coaching + flipped teaching

Taking school chess programs to the next level

  • In-School Chess Class
  • After-School Class + Club
  • Group Lessons + Club
  • Private Lessons
  • Tournament Coaching
  • Online Lessons

My Chess Teaching Background

I've taught at ten different schools across the tri-state area with students ranging in age from five to thirteen years-old. In February 2013, I began to develop PS 217's scholastic program and team. After my first year, enrollment more than tripled, not including those turned away due to lack of space. I also formed three clubs outside of the school and coached 217 students at every tournament they competed in. This year enrollment has skyrocketed even further, but I had to turn down their offer to return for a third year due to a dream job offer. Currently my schedule only permits one teaching commitment: developing a team at Packer Collegiate Institute.

What began as a side project is now a beloved part of my livelihood.

The Flipped Classroom Method

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Explore The Site


instructional videos, events calendar, + more

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Explore The Site


instructional videos, events calendar, + more

Instructional Videos

Dive into the instructional videos I make for my students, the heart of the flipped classroom model. 

Events Calendar

My teaching schedule & the tournaments I recommend. Check back for regular updates.

Best Chess Equipment

I did some research to help parents save some money and invest only in reliable equipment. 

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My Contact Info


Fred Magovern, Instructor & Coach

(917) 291-0374 / fred@flippedchess.com

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My Contact Info


Fred Magovern, Instructor & Coach

(917) 291-0374 / fred@flippedchess.com

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