The Chess Event


The Chess Event is typically led by Sam Shankland, the 2018 U.S. Chess Champion and one of the best players in the world


High quality, engaging content for everyone, on all levels, from beginner to advanced


The event includes an interactive live tournament between participants to add some competitive spice

how it works

The Event consists of a short tutorial, a chess strategy discussion, Q & A and a live tournament mediated through an online chess platform. This event is led by an internationally ranked chess grandmaster and runs for approximately 90 minutes. The Chess Event is deliberately designed for a virtual environment and participants of all skill levels enjoy a fun mix of learning from a chess champion and competing with their colleagues.

In conjunction with the event, participants will receive a chess-themed package, which will consist of a chess set and a chess-themed snack package, with the option to add on an introductory or advanced chess book to accommodate your needs.
The Chess Event can also be split into two or more sessions or a multi-session class format offered on a periodic basis.



The Chess Event is appropriate for participants of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. For larger groups (more than 30 people or so), we recommend splitting the group into beginner and intermediate/advanced groups and we offer packaged pricing for dual events, but this isn’t strictly necessary.

Absolutely not. We will share introductory materials in advance of the event and conduct a review of the basics of play during the event as well.

Our standard event runs for 90 minutes, but we can tailor the event length to your needs. The event can be split into two sessions (e.g., introductory tutorial and strategy discussion in session 1 and a tournament for session 2), and can be delivered as a periodic class as well.

Of course! For second timers, we can send a supplementary package with chess snacks, a chess strategy book, and/or a chess timer and will work with you to accommodate your needs. Please contact us for pricing.

The Chess Event will be led by an internationally-ranked chess grandmaster and is commonly led by a former U.S. Chess Champion and one of the best players in the world.

We definitely can, but we highly recommend sending the packages for the full experience. The package adds a tangible and personal component to the general event that we feel is important in a virtual world (and we like sending people packages!).

We are currently in the process of developing additional offerings and would be happy to share details. Shoot us an email at [email protected] if you would like more information.

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Sam Shankland is an American Chess Grandmaster and US Chess Champion. He is a mainstay on the US Olympic Team, a two-time Olympiad Gold Medallist, a former World u-18 co-champion, and the winner of several international events. He has worked as an analyst for the reigning World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, training with him to prepare for the two World Championship matches.

Sam’s career highlights range from 1991-2018 and include winning the 2018 US Championship with the second strongest performance of all time and being the top scorer in the history of the United States Olympiad Team.

Grandmaster Sam Shankland sitting in front of chess board for virtual chess team building event


Pricing for the Chess Event includes the Base Event Fee plus a per participant charge based on the package option selected.

Base Event


$1500 (max 50 people)

(for up to 50 people)

(For larger groups, contact us for pricing)

Participant Package

$60 + Shipping

Premium Package

$95 + Shipping

Typical Participant Package Contents
Typical Premium Package Contents
Typical Chess Book
Chess Timer
Typical Chess-Themed Snack Package

Optional Add Ons

Shipping Charges