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Chess for Schools

From simple strategy games to clubs and competitions

By: Richard James


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Size: 234 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781785835971

Format: Paperback

Pages : 224

Published: November 2022

Availability: Coming Soon

Presents a new approach to promoting chess in primary schools which, by introducing the concepts through a series of mini games, will enable all children to better understand and enjoy chess.

Chess is a game of extraordinary excitement and beauty, with an impressive literature, history and heritage accumulated over the past thousand years. All children should have the opportunity to learn this wonderful game, and indeed many claim that playing abstract strategy games such as chess provides a wide range of cognitive and social benefits – such as improvements in problem-solving ability and communication skills.

However, Richard James argues that, because of the complexity of chess, most younger children would gain more benefit from simpler chess-based strategy games and incremental learning. In this practical handbook, Richard provides a wide range of games and puzzles appropriate for primary schools based on these principles and explains how teachers can identify children who would benefit from starting young.

Richard also sets out how this approach can engage the whole community, including working with children with special needs, getting parents involved in learning and playing, and developing partnerships between primary and secondary schools.

An ideal resource for primary and secondary school teachers wanting to introduce their pupils to chess.

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Richard James

Richard James has been teaching and organising chess for children since 1972. Between 1975 and 2006, Richard ran the highly successful Richmond Junior Chess Club, whose members included Luke McShane, Jonathan Rowson and other future grandmasters. He is also the author of Chess for Kids and The Right Way to Teach Chess to Kids, and has written extensively on chess history and trivia.

Discover Richard's websites:

Chess with Richard – Transforming children's lives through chess


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