“Rebuild Knights” Youth Chess Club

Hey everyone! BIG Announcement: We’re excited to be working with the Rebuild Foundation and the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative to create the “Rebuild Knights” Youth Chess Club! Club meetings begin on April 22 and will meet weekly from 4:30 – 5:30 PM. Additionally, the club will be hosting a screening of “Brooklyn Castle” on […]

In Conversation with Grandmaster Yury Shulman!

Grandmaster Yury Shulman is one of the strongest players in the USA and in the world. He’s the top player in Illinois and is currently ranked 26th out of all players in America. Hailing from Belarus, he began playing chess when he was six years old. He achieved the Grandmaster title 20 years ago and […]

2nd Annual Chess Program at the Solon Public Library: Recap

During the summer of 2015, in partnership with the Cuyahoga County Public Library, we ran our second annual chess program at the Solon Public Library. The more advanced players had the opportunity to play against one another, and the beginning players were able to learn the fundamentals of the game and expand their introductory knowledge. […]

ACES: Weeks 12, 13, and 14

Week 12: We went over notation once again to make sure the children knew what to write down when various chess moves were made. It was apparent that, even after only having been taught how to take chess notation last week, the children were much more proficient in their abilities to accurately document the moves […]

In Conversation with National Chess Expert Macauley Peterson!

If you’ve ever watched chess on the internet, the odds are Macauley Peterson was behind it. Peterson, a serial entrepreneur and Princeton alumnus, has been at the forefront of a new, digital era of chess—an era where technology plays a crucial role in the playing, broadcasting, and promoting of chess. And he’s on a mission […]

ACES: Weeks 10 and 11

Week 10: Yet again, we took the opportunity to let the children play chess games against one another. We thought that it was important for them to be given another chance to put into practice what they had learned and that simply playing a game of chess was a great way for the children to solidify […]

ACES: Weeks 8 and 9

Week 8: This week, although we taught the chess club as well, I was placed in a classroom of 2nd graders who were new to chess. I introduced the children to the game by going over the basics—the names of the pieces, how they move, their worth, etc. After covering these fundamentals, I went over how […]

In Conversation with International Master John Watson!

International Master John Watson is currently one of the top 400 players in the USA.  Watson has written over 30 books on the many dimensions of chess; one of his books, Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy, even won the USCF (United States Chess Federation) “Book of the Year” Award. Watson, also a renowned chess coach, […]

ACES: Weeks 6 and 7

Week 6: First, we gave a small lesson on the intuitive “stepladder checkmate,” wherein a lone king is checkmated by pieces such as queen and rooks that progressively cut the king off from ranks or files until the king is checkmated. We spent the rest of the time by splitting ourselves amongst the children as […]

In Conversation with Woman International Master Alexey Root!

A phenomenal chess player, renowned lecturer, and prolific writer, Woman International Master Alexey Root does it all. Indeed— not only has Dr. Root won a myriad of prominent chess tournaments such as the U.S. Women’s Chess Championship, she has also taught numerous courses at the University of Texas at Dallas (and continues to do so […]