Chess in the Elementary Classroom
Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self-esteem, motivation, determination, and sportsmanship, (Findings by the Kasparov Foundation).
Each class will be spent half on the lesson and half in practice matches with classmates, while the instructor coaches. Students should have a good command of the basic rules of chess prior to enrolling in the elementary program.
They will learn chess opening, middle-game and endgame principles; playing skills and strategies that build upon each other. Some key skills taught in this program are;
Favorable and unfavorable pawn(s) individually and in groups
Tactics such as finding and using pins, also escaping from them from opponent
Trapping pieces, and double attacks
The emphasis is on fun, which facilitates the learning process
At the end of the program awards of many kinds are given.
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