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April 16, 2014 136

CHESS 'SHOULD BE COMPULSORY' IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS

UNITED KINGDOM Pupils as young as seven should be given compulsory lessons in chess amid claims it boosts concentration levels, numeracy and reading comprehension, according to a teachers’ leader. Primary schools should give all pupils at least one term’s worth of chess in an attempt to get them interested in the game at a young age, it was claimed. Hank Roberts, former president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said Britain was one of the few European countries that failed to recognise chess as a sport or fund a proper “in-school programme”. He insisted the game was hugely popular in private schools but too many in the state system failed to offer it to pupils. Research has… Read More...
Apr 15, 2014 126

CHEPSTOW PUPILS CHALLENGE GM MARIAN PETROV

UNITED KINGDOM PUPILS at St Mary’s R.C Primary in Chepstow spent yesterday battling a grand chess master in aid of the Imogen appeal. Twenty four pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 took part in the fundraiser which involved Marian Petrov, a Grandmaster chess player playing against them simultaneously. The sponsored chess tournament has so far raised £950 to go towards the £40,000 needed for… Read More...
Apr 12, 2014 105

ARCHITECT GIVE CLASSICAL CHESS RADICAL MAKEOVER

UNITED STATES Famed artist and noted chess lover Marcel Duchamp once said, "While all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists." That may be true, but many fine artists, from Duchamp and his contemporaries to modern talents like Rachel Whiteread and Damien Hirst, still find themselves drawn to the game, inspired to create their own idiosyncratic chess sets. It's easy to… Read More...
Apr 11, 2014 222

13 YEAR OLD TO VIE FOR U.S. WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP

MISSOURI Apparently, the U.S. “Women’s” Chess Championship is a description that gets more liberal by the year. Where last season’s national title fight featured Dallas’ Sarah Chiang - 15 at the time - this year’s will feature Ashritha Eswaran, a 13-year-old National Master out of San Jose, Calif. Over the weekend, Eswaran accepted the invitation as the wildcard to the 2014 event, rounding out… Read More...
Apr 09, 2014 93

YOUNGSTERS AT NEWHAM CHESS INTERACT WITH MAYOR

UNITED KINGDOM Youngsters from local primary schools demonstrated a talent for strategic thinking when they taught Mayor Sir Robin Wales some game-winning moves as part of a local chess tournament launched recently. The launch of the Newham Primary Schools’ Team Chess Tournament kicked off at the Old Town Hall in Stratford where more than 160 children from 13 schools across the borough joined the… Read More...