Presentation on theme: "Chess to built math capacity. John Kunz Started as a volunteer with Advantage Now Program Coordinator at LaFargeville & Theresa Works for Cornell Cooperative."— Presentation transcript:
John Kunz Started as a volunteer with Advantage Now Program Coordinator at LaFargeville & Theresa Works for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County US Chess Federation rated tournament player
Sci-Tech Center Chess Chess Club started with two students Several cardboard Walmart Chess sets Enlisted the help of local Chess Club President The first “Simul” We lost every single game The Research began !!!
What to teach students about Chess The rules – pretty easy Strategy Tactics Opening Theory
Strategy – What you want to accomplish Play in the center of the board Use the Knights early Castle early Link the rooks Protect the pieces Always look for Checkmate
Tactics- How to implement strategy Pins Forks Skewers Discoveries Deflections Decoys Batteries Many other subtle devices
Opening Theory The Oxford Companion to Chess lists 1327 named openings and variants
Most Chess coaches will say that focusing on tactics is the best Most new Chess students are not very patient with the training component of a Chess program High quality miniatures are a good way to address many aspects of training Miniatures are Chess games that are completed in ~20 moves or less.
What does an academic Chess program look like? Meets on a regular basis Has an instructional component in every meeting Takes part in competitive event outside the Club
Radiologists constantly work with pattern recognition.
What does the literature say about Chess and Math? About.com and Wereurope.org both credit Chess instruction in schools as the reason for Quebec being best in Math scores in Canada. The American Chess Foundation sponsored a Chess initiative in Harlem Schools. Student math scores improved by 17.3% compared to students taking part in other enrichment activities.
Other benefits of Chess Builds resilience Supports self esteem Improves decision making Provides an opportunity to apply knowledge Reinforces the link between actions and consequences Sharpens visualization and spatial awareness Fosters good sportsmanship
Internet Chess Resources Chessbase.com – International Chess News Web Page – Software manufacturer. ChessClub.com Chesscorner.com Chesstempo.com Susan Polgar’s Chess Blog Chessgames.com Wholesalechess.com
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