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Simply Amazing! Our first day of Chess Plus Engineering was Amazing.  Getting to know all the Scholars is a treat!  The kids learned so much and already started building new friendships.   Our Morning Session was great with kid learning and playing chess. We started with evaluations (the scholars played the coaches) and then we taught simple game opening principles.   Our Afternoon session was packed with lots of fun.  The campers will be broken

Chess Jokes for Kids

Posted by Coach Steve on May 20, 2019

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This collection of chess jokes for kids, parents, teachers, and chess players is great any time of day or knight! You’ll find jokes about kings, queens, castles, bishops, knights and pawns. These jokes about chess are great for everyone, including those with just a basic understanding of the game. Plus they’re clean chess jokes that are safe for all ages. Treat your aspiring chess masters to some funny chess jokes before you sit down for
In recent years, chess has become a pretty high-stakes game, politically, ideologically, and monetarily. However, that hasn’t always been the case. In fact, the first unofficial world champion would be appalled by the giant prizes dangled in front of modern competitors. Paul Morphy (pictured left) abhorred the taint of professionalism, once writing to a rival, “Permit me to repeat that I am not a professional player; that I never wished to make any skill I

The Weirdest Chess World Championship

Posted by Coach Steve on May 7, 2019

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Chess is above all a mind game, and players sometimes go to ridiculous lengths to psych out their opponents. But for sheer insanity, the World Championship showdown between Viktor Korchnoi (pictured left) and Anatoly Karpov (pictured right) takes the cake. The two grand masters were intense rivals. Karpov was a member of the Communist Party and a model of the “Soviet New Man.” Like every chess player who brought honors to the Soviet state, Karpov

Crazy Stuff Chess Masters do to win!

Posted by Coach Steve on May 2, 2019

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Chess masters are known to employ strange methods to win their games. Ruy Lopez, the famous 16th-century Spanish priest and chess player, once advised, “Sit your opponent with the sun in his eyes.” Another player named Lucena once recommended, “Try to play after your opponent has eaten or drunk freely.” In the 19th century, Harry Nelson Pillsbury attributed his clear thinking to puffing on a cigar during his games. On the other hand, Szymon Winawer said
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