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Chess teaches kids to think ahead and make life decisions

Brew

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA (CNN) - Chess champion and former state trooper Orrin Hudson is trying to inspire inner-city students to use the skills of the game to succeed in life.

After seeing a news report of several people being shot in a store robbery for just $2,000, Hudson was compelled to action.

"I said to myself our young people are going out for the wrong cash. That we need to teach young people cash with a K: K for Knowledge, A for Attitude, S for Skills and H for Habit."

So he founded the organization Be Someone to teach kids how to succeed in life through the game of chess.

"Chess is like life because there's no blame in the game. I'm responsible. I will win or lose based on the decisions that I make, and if I make the wrong move, I get the wrong result," he said. "And I can make one move and never recover. So you want to think things through before you move, because one move could cost you the game."

But in an era where technology is king, Hudson knows this board game might not stack up with the latest video game.

So he offers a fun challenge that always gets kids' attention - cold, hard cash.

"Oftentimes I put a thousand dollars on the table, and I say 'hey look, anybody beats me, they get a thousand dollars.' And I got their attention. I whip out the thousand dollars and I show 'em and they go 'ok I'm in.'"

He knows the kids won't win but that's okay, as long as they learn that every move has a consequence just like in life.

"That's how I learn. I succeed by learning. Make it ok, to fail," he said.

And after losing time and again, the money doesn't seem to matter.

Because chess teaches kids to focus, think on their feet, plan ahead, and look at things from the other person's perspective, but there is one more move Hudson wants every kid to learn.

"It's less about playing chess. It's more about making good decisions; it's more about creating value; it's more about never take," he said.

"The good you do comes back to you. The bad you do will be sad for you. Every move you make has consequences, and if you make the right move, you will get the right results."

Brew
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WestofHollywood

I have been playing tournament chess off and on since 1973 and have obviously met and befriended many chess players. Based on my experiences chess does not  "help you to think ahead (in non chess matters) and make life decisions". This is the stance people take to justify teaching  kids chess, especially if they are trying to get paid and make a living off of it. The only thing playing and studying chess may do is make you a better chess player. There is no little or no transfer of chess skills to life skills.

ILuvPawn

Chess teaches kids to plan ahead and commit the perfect crime.

rich

Chess is not like life, because there is blame in life.

DrSpudnik
smiley15 wrote:

Chess also teaches children how to use things that move in straight lines, one space in any direction, one square up, things that move in a funny L shape move and that when you reach the end, you get promoted to the next life. Chess also teaches you to appreciate tacos more. Chess.com does in any case.


 Tacos? I thought it was waffles? Undecided

Brew
smiley15 wrote:
DrSpudnik wrote:
smiley15 wrote:

Chess also teaches children how to use things that move in straight lines, one space in any direction, one square up, things that move in a funny L shape move and that when you reach the end, you get promoted to the next life. Chess also teaches you to appreciate tacos more. Chess.com does in any case.


 Tacos? I thought it was waffles?


Tacos, waffles, to the intellegent mind they are the same, delicious thing.


 LOL

Brew
ILuvPawn wrote:

Chess teaches kids to plan ahead and commit the perfect crime.


 LOL,you were once a child :P

SomewhereGladly
WestofHollywood wrote:

I have been playing tournament chess off and on since 1973 and have obviously met and befriended many chess players. Based on my experiences chess does not  "help you to think ahead (in non chess matters) and make life decisions". This is the stance people take to justify teaching  kids chess, especially if they are trying to get paid and make a living off of it. The only thing playing and studying chess may do is make you a better chess player. There is no little or no transfer of chess skills to life skills.


This wont be, but should be, the final word on the matter.

Brew
SomewhereGladly wrote:
WestofHollywood wrote:

I have been playing tournament chess off and on since 1973 and have obviously met and befriended many chess players. Based on my experiences chess does not  "help you to think ahead (in non chess matters) and make life decisions". This is the stance people take to justify teaching  kids chess, especially if they are trying to get paid and make a living off of it. The only thing playing and studying chess may do is make you a better chess player. There is no little or no transfer of chess skills to life skills.


This wont be, but should be, the final word on the matter.


 hmn,okay...

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