Chess is the great equalizer. Children and adults who face physical disabilities that may prevent them from playing physical sports are able to enjoy competition on a level playing field through the game of chess. Not all disabilities are visible. Countless studies also show the benefits of chess on focus and other executive functioning skills in individuals with attention deficits and autism spectrum disorder. Hampton Roads Chess Association is piloting programs to bring chess to players of all ages and abilities. Disabled players are encouraged to participate in local chess clubs. Please contact us if you are interested in setting up special programs for players with disabilities.