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Over 1500 years after its invention, the game of chess is still the most popular strategy game in the world. In this lesson, students will learn some of the many reasons why the game of chess is so popular, the rules of the game, and how to “read and write chess” (chess notation).
Students will learn some of the reasons people play chess.
Students will learn the rules of chess.
Students will learn how to write down their moves.
Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. Chess is played by millions of people worldwide in homes, urban parks, clubs, online, and in tournaments. Because of the many positive benefits associated with playing chess, in recent years some schools have added chess to their curricula.
Grade level: 2-12
Time: 1 hour
Each player begins the game with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. Each of the six piece types moves differently. The objective is to 'checkmate' the opponent's king by placing it under an inescapable threat of capture.
Chess originated from the two-player Indian war game, Chatarung, which dates back to 600 A.D. In 1000 A.D, chess spread to Europe by Persian traders. Medieval chess was also extremely popular.
American chess was promoted by founding father and chess aficionado Benjamin Franklin, who in 1750 penned "The Morals of Chess." Franklin's article praises the social and intellectual development that chess inspires. Franklin loved chess and spent many hours playing it.
The Boy Scouts have awarded over 100,000 chess merit badges since it was first introduced in September, 2011. "The chess merit badge teaches youth members strategic planning, critical thinking, concentration and decision-making skills – as well as good sportsmanship,", said Darren Smith, Director of Communications for the Boy Scouts of America. "In fact, while discussing the merit badge with her counselor, Scouts must describe how the skills he obtained can help them in other areas of their life. These life skills align with the BSA's mission to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes." The chess merit badge has maintained itself as one of the fastest-growing merit badges, landing in the top-25 in each calendar year since inception.
It is estimated that over 45 million people play chess in the United States alone – under half of these are under the age of 18!
WHY PLAY CHESS?
Perhaps the best reason and play chess is, very simply, that it’s a lot of fun!
People have played chess for over 1500 years.
There are more books written about chess than about all the other games in the world put together.
Some people estimate that over 600 million people in the world play chess!
Playing chess is a great way to meet people.
· develops logical thinking
· sharpens problem-solving skills
· improves concentration and focus
· enhances imagination and creativity
· develops the capacity to foresee the consequences of one's actions
· promotes independence and a sense of responsibility
· hones memory
· heightens self-esteem
· reinforces the concept of deferred gratification
- Chess For Success, Maurice Ashley
Chess is a game for people of all ages. You can learn to play at any age and in chess, unlike in many other sports, you don't ever have to retire. Age is also not a factor when you're looking for an opponent —young can play old and old can play young.
Chess develops memory. The chess theory is complicated and many players memorize different opening variations. You will also learn to recognize various patterns and remember lengthy variations.
Chess improves concentration. During the game you are focused on one main goal — to checkmate your opponent and become the victor.
Chess develops logical thinking. Chess requires some understanding of logical strategy. For example, you will know that it is important to bring your pieces out into the game at the beginning, to keep your king safe at all times and not to blunder your pieces away for free.
Chess promotes imagination and creativity. It encourages you to be inventive. There are an indefinite amount of beautiful combinations yet to be constructed.
Chess teaches independence. You are forced to make important decisions influenced only by your own judgment.
Chess develops the capability to predict and foresee consequences of actions.
Chess inspires self-motivation. It encourages the search of the best move, the best plan, and the most beautiful continuation out of the endless possibilities.
Chess shows that success rewards hard work. The more you practice, the better you'll become. You should be ready to lose and learn from your mistakes. You may learn much more from a game you lose than from a game you win.
Chess and Science. Chess develops the scientific way of thinking. While playing, you generate numerous variations in your mind. You explore new ideas, try to predict their outcomes and interpret surprising revelations. You decide on a hypothesis, and then you make your move and test it.
Chess and Mathematics. Chess involves an infinite number of calculations, anything from counting the number of attackers and defenders in the event of a simple exchange to calculating lengthy continuations.
Chess and Research. There are millions of chess resources out there for every aspect of the game. In life, is it important to know how to find, organize and use boundless amounts of information. Chess gives you a perfect example and opportunity to do just that.
Chess and Art. In the Great Soviet Encyclopedia chess is defined as "an art appearing in the form of a game." Chess enables the artist hiding within you to come out. Your imagination will run wild with endless possibilities on the 64 squares. You will paint pictures in your mind of ideal positions and perfect outposts for your soldiers. As a chess artist you will have an original style and personality.
Chess and Psychology. Chess is a test of patience, nerves, will power and concentration. It enhances your ability to interact with other people. It tests your sportsmanship in a competitive environment.
Chess improves schoolwork and grades. Numerous studies have proven that kids obtain a higher reading level, math level and a greater learning ability overall as a result of playing chess. Chess-playing kids do better at school and therefore have a better chance to succeed in life.
Chess opens up the world for you. You don't need to be a high ranked player to enter big important competitions. Even tournaments such as the US Open and the World Open welcome players of all strengths. Chess provides you with plenty of opportunities to travel not only all around the country but also around the world. Chess is a universal language.
Chess enables you to meet many interesting people. You will make life-long friendships with people you meet through chess.
Chess is cheap. You don't need big fancy equipment to play chess!
Chess is fun! This isn't just another one of those board games. No chess game ever repeats itself, which means you create more and more new ideas each game. It never gets boring. Every game you are the general of an army and you alone decide the destiny of your soldiers. You can sacrifice them, trade them, pin them, fork them, lose them, defend them, or order them to break through any barriers and surround the enemy king. You are in charge!