MiniChess Franchise

MiniChess Franchise

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The Brand

The MiniChess programme was developed over years of teaching chess to “entry phase” learners (5 to 9 years of age) as part of the school curriculum. It has already been used on a trial basis, with great success, at a number of schools in South Africa.

The MiniChess programme is currently being implemented at 200+ schools in South Africa with 50,000+ learners doing it every week in school time. We expect to triple the number of participants in the future, with many more sponsors and universities now showing interest – University of Stellenbosch, University of Johannesburg and the North West University.


MiniChess is organised into structured lessons, with detailed lesson plans in the teacher’s manuals and attractive project books for the learners. The programme uses tried and tested methods for teaching through play, including the use of so-called “MiniChess” games. The learning process is broken down into small steps, building confidence while keeping it fun, and is in line with the skills level of the young child at that specific age, eg. colouring, cut and paste, form recognition, simple pattern recognition, a little bit of writing, etc. in the case of 6 year olds (grade 1).

The programme consists of 4 levels (level 1/R, level 2 and level 3), each level accommodating the continual development of skills and capacity as the child grows. The programme continually links chess concepts with mathematics, science and life skills.


Franchise acquisition includes two days Level 1 training, two days business development symposium-training and one day marketing training, as well as support & mentoring.

Are You Our Next Franchisee?

Individuals who are passionate about working with children, enthusiastic and wholly committed to owning and succeeding in a MiniChess franchise business.