Tournament Blog: Chess Like It Oughta Be 2017
by Dennis LaRue
Happy New Year, chess fans! Welcome back from the holiday break. This first research blog in 2017 discusses the K-12 reform movement known as “standards-based education” and how it is being adopted within the chess-in-schools movement.
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis (CCSCSL) prides itself in empowering local students to succeed both in academics and in the game of chess. Through its in-school and after-school programs, the club reaches nearly 4,000 students each semester with roughly equal participation by male and female students.
Over 100 chess players gathered this past Thanksgiving weekend at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint louis to compete in the Club’s annual Thanksgiving Open tournament.
My first involvement as a GM in residence at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis has been everything that I expected it would be, and more.
It’s time to take another trip around the world with the third installation of our “Chess Around the World” series! This week we travel to Poland, the second country to add chess to its national primary school curriculum.
This blog is all about digging into the data. Whether you want to explore the impact of chess in schools or the distribution of Grandmasters across globe, the CCSCSL’s research blog has you covered!
Does playing chess result in better student outcomes? Whether those outcomes are cognitive like mathematics achievement or non-cognitive like confidence, it seems like a straightforward question to answer.
In 1976, President Gerald Ford declared the second Saturday of October to be National Chess Day. On Saturday, October 8, the Chess Club hosted the 2016 National Chess Day G/65 Championship to celebrate the holiday with a four round tournament.
Some nations have always been chess powerhouses, like Russia and the United States. While these two nations are undeniably titans of the game, this blog post focuses on a far smaller nation whose commitment to the game is unrivaled.