Chess is a game that has been played in many forms and avatars for nearly 1500 years. Historians trace its history back to a game played in India called Chaturanga. From India it spread to Persia and subsequently to southern Europe.
Today, chess is a popular game played across the world. Kids can especially benefit from learning chess or honing their skills as it encourages patience, memory, concentration, problem solving, and an understanding of consequences. Kids will use inductive and deductive reasoning to break down problems using recall, analysis, judgment, and abstract reasoning. Needless to say kids will improve their confidence and decision making.
Materials Needed: A chess board and chess pieces and it is optional to have them. If another material is needed it will be indicated.
PLEASE NOTE: If your child is new to Chess, attendance of the Chess Champs- Basics class is a required pre-requisite. In the Basics class your child will be taught the basics of Chess and will prepare your child for the Beginner level. The Basics class occurs once a month, around the middle of the month. Please check the calendar for class timings.
Ralph Ghnatios FIDE certified Instructor. He has been teaching chess for more than 8 years mainly to kids between 6 and 12 years old. He has also helped build and implement several chess programs in schools and after school programs by introducing kids to chess competitions and FIDE tournament regulations. As a player, Ralph has been playing chess for more than 24 years. He started playing competitive chess tournaments in 2011. He has played several international tournaments around the world, including US open, Asia Zone 3.1, Beirut Open, 11th Mediterranean championship and many more. He has also represented his country in several online and on-board tournaments. As his club’s team’s captain, he has also helped his club advance from Second club division to first division.
For class plan and materials needed, please visit instructor page here