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CHESS Education by Jon E. Turbin

Jan 27, 2011, 10:06 AM 5


CHESS Education by Jon E. Turbin

"Chess is the gymnasium of the mind"  by Mikhail Botvinnik

I am a CHESS Educator. Chess, of course, is not just a game to win or lose but a sport. It involves caring for and development of chess players. Education has a dual etymology; one of its roots is educere, that is, the development or growth of the player through training and teaching. Also, education comes out of the root educare, which is the care of, the betterment of, human beings. In this light, we can perceive chess as therapeutic, for our mental and physical health ( we are minds of a body and bodies of a mind) of its players. For instance, if you don't use it (the mind) , you will lose it. Chess also enables concentration, critical thinking, and social empowerment. For example, it enables empowerment such as women power. Women, through chess education, are not to be dominated, socialized to always acquiesce to the male. In the fifteen hundred year old tradition of the CHESS it is only recently, in the lst thirty years, that women, such as the Polgar Sisters, have reached the top ladder in the world of chess. Playing and learning chess can also enable and empower Black people in the same sense as women. Black people can transcend the socialization of being held as, and therefore internalizing, inferiority. Today Black people are now, like the current grandmaster Maurice Ashley, in the highest ranks of CHESS! Children can also benefit from chess education. No multitasking, but concentration and cognitive development are enabled in chess tactical and strategic training. As the historic Grandmaster Tarrasch put it: "Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make people happy." As I say, 'Chess makes people happy, healthy, and smart.' Look at us!

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