Chess for Kids


Attention Kids ages 5 and Up


Are you interested in learning more about
the game of chess?


Join Coach Charles A. Smith right here at the Trussville Public Library for FREE introductory chess instruction. Smith recently earned the title of National Chess Coach from the United States Chess Federation, which is the governing body of chess in the United States. He is one of only 8 people in the country to hold that title. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to learn more about this fascinating game of strategy and skill.


October 1st — 6:00 p.m.

November 5th — 6:00 p.m.




Charles A. Smith, the 1994 Washington, D.C. Amateur and 30 Minute Chess Champion, has been a chess instructor since 2002. He has 40 years of chess playing experience, and is the Founder of Magic City Chess U, the umbrella entity under which all of his chess programs and activities are coordinated. He represented the city of Birmingham as Coach of the U.S. Youth Games Chess Team in Oakland (2008), Cocoa Beach, FL (2009), and Birmingham (2013), with all teams winning the gold medals. Smith has multiple national, regional, and state team and individual champions, and is widely regarded as the best chess coach in Alabama by both students, parents, and peers in the chess community. He attributes his success and that of his students to a new teaching methodology that he developed which allows students to understand the game and enjoy it immensely, producing players who are able to compete and win in a much shorter period of time than is normally required.

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