When and where did the game of chess begin?
Though we know chess originally started around 1500 years ago, nobody really knows where it started. Some scholars believe chess originated in India while others believe it was China. Chess took shape in Europe where its rules and piece movements evolved into the game we know today. These rules have been around for quite a long time. But what we do know is that tournament chess and its rules continues to evolve. In the 1800s, the world’s top players could have a game that took place over several days! Today, one can play a game of chess and have it finish in as little as 2 minutes.
Can you think of a game that effectively combines critical thinking, creativity, logic, time management, strategy and tactics…all in one? Chess facilitates cognitive development and promotes self-esteem. Chess is THE ultimate strategy game. It is also incredibly fun and can be played anywhere! Your child will learn a game that they can enjoy forever…and lessons that they can apply to all other areas of their lives.
What can parents expect during chess classes?
Our team understands that our time with your child is precious. It is our intention to utilize our time together to ensure that our curriculum is the priority. Dedicated to making chess fun will add value to your child’s learning ability. Our classes will have no more than 12 children.
What makes OUR chess program unique?
Unlike most chess programs, with our experience, we know a successful chess program incorporates the ancient strategies of the game coupled with a modern technology. Yes! We will be using an online chess board to help children visualize how the game can be crafted and implement technology into the curriculum. Class time will allow for our instructors to hone in on using the “over the board” training techniques along with modern electronic supplemental learning to engage and help children reach their learning potential. We will supply your child with their first regulation tournament set that they’ll be using throughout the course to demonstrate competency.
Our journey starting week 1 will start with the fundamentals of piece movements. From there, our curriculum will navigate the students through different chess pieces and their roles such as the rook, then bishop, and continue onwards until your child can demonstrate the confidence they need to understand why and how each piece is valued in the game. Along the way, we will integrate tactical puzzles that will help your child with their visualization and memory skills. Soon, we will shift to strategic concepts such as: central control, king safety, and recognizing when the position calls for attack or defense. Toward the end of our curriculum, your child will be ready to play their very first tournament at Mill Creek Academy!
In what other ways is chess important?
Mr. Fan has been involved in the chess world for over 20 years. In an article he wrote for Quora, he shares thoughts about how chess has improved the lives of children in disadvantaged situations. It’s estimated that some 600 million people on the planet know how to play chess. And some of the world’s most successful people are chess enthusiasts. You’re sure to recognize them, and some of them are (were) very strong chess players!
- Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft
- Julia Roberts, Actress
- Keanu Reeves, Actor
- Peter Theil, Founder of PayPal
- Albert Einstein, Scientist
- Madonna, Singer
- Chopin, Classical music composer
- Abraham Lincoln, US President
These individuals (and many others) credit chess with helping them to expand their minds in ways that wouldn’t have been possible had they not learned valuable lessons from the game.
What are popular chess tournaments that my child can participate in?
The Bay Area is a hotbed for chess! We’re happy to provide tournament listing resources for you and when the timing is right and your child wants to play chess at the competitive level, our team will be ready to show you how to join your first competition.