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We have enjoyed our introduction to chess at White Oak Park in Dallas, Ga on Fridays from 10a-12p. Our group is growing and we are thankful to everyone that has made it out. There is nothing like a good game of chess at the park with friends.
We are adding more days and times to our calendar this fall. Come join the fun every other Tuesday starting on September 24th at East Bounds and Grounds Coffee Co. from 3p-5p for a good game of chess.
Starting Saturday, October 5th from 10a-12p we will be at the Dallas Public library teaching an introduction to chess. If you have never played before the pawn’s game is a great way to get started. We will have players of all skill levels if you already know how to play.
Looking forward to meeting our new chess players.
Join us Friday’s in August for an introduction to Chess. We are meeting at White Oak Park from 10am – 12pm at the pavilion in the back of the park.
Ever wondered about the game of chess? If you’ve never had time to learn — now is a great time! We will introduce chess by talking a little about its history and benefits to those who are learning chess for the first time. For those who are interested, the pawns game is a great way to get started playing!
Chess boards will be provided. Any suggestions for a location for our next event would be welcomed!
Come out and enjoy the fun!
This you tube video is a hit with kids even if they don’t know how to play chess.
With mental health issues and Alzheimer’s being prevalent in our society today, we may all ask ourselves from time to time, “Am I taking good care of my brain? What can I do to ensure a healthy brain as I age? How can I teach my kids to boost their brains?”
The human brain is an amazing and intricately complex mass. Averaging 3 pounds, this organ is the control center of every facet of the physical body. It has authority over emotions, heart rate, motor function, reasoning, desicion-making, memory, and planning. With over 100 billion nerve cells, it is constantly sending, receiving, and analyzing many messages. The blood vessels of our brains, if laid end to end, would cover 100,000 miles: approximately 4 times around the earth’s equator.
So, we all know the brain is highly important, on the top of our physical health priority list, because it’s in charge! We’ve heard many a doctor, or read many an article about what we can do to protect, mold, and enhance our brain activity. Omega 3’s, blueberries, broccoli, and nuts are a few of the foods should ingest regularly. Exercise induces a rise in blood flow while deep breathing sessions increase oxygen levels in the brain. Studies show that socializing, staying creative and curious, and playing GAMES is a great way to keep those brains as young as possible.
It must really be true that we never lose the little kids inside us, and that’s why playing games keeps that jelly-like gray and white matter as fit as a fiddle. Crosswords and puzzles boost memory. Scrabble enhances language. Risk makes you more strategic. Visit any retirement home, and you’ll probably find a couple of people huddled around calling out numbers and then, Bingo! I bet you’ll find a few smiles and few sharp brains there too. Pretty soon, you may just find them huddled around a chess board …
It’s been proven that chess increases IQ, improves memory, enhances originality and creativity, and sparks both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. It’s believed to prevent Alzheimer’s and other memory-related diseases. Not only does chess show increased reading levels and problem-solving skills, but it also enhances the art of concentration and patience. It helps young and old alike plan and reason, strategizing not only their next move on the board but also their next moves in life. Lastly, my personal favorite … Playing chess makes your dendrites grow. Dendrites are what carry signals from one brain cell to another. The more you have, the better the signal!
In this new year, let us continue to learn how to take better care of ourselves, being the ever such complex creatures we are. Let’s exercise more, eat better, and play chess. Let’s slow down, laugh more, and fret less.
“10 Fun Facts about Your Brain.” Piedmont Healthcare, http://www.piedmont.org/living-better/10-fun-facts-about-your-brain.
“11 Unforgettable Games to Improve Your Memory.” Mental Floss, Mental Floss, 11 Aug. 2015, mentalfloss.com/article/64418/11-unforgettable-games-improve-your-memory.
Harvard Health Publishing. “12 Ways to Keep Your Brain Young.” Harvard Health Blog, Harvard Health Publishing, http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/12-ways-to-keep-your-brain-young.
Writers, Staff. “10 Big Brain Benefits of Playing Chess.” OnlineCollegeCourses.com, OnlineCollegeCourses.com, 21 Jan. 2019, http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/2012/03/25/10-big-brain-benefits-of-playing-chess/.
“Pawns are the soul of the game.”
– François-André D. Philidor
(L to R: Pawn, Rook, Knight, Bishop, Queen, King)
Chess portrays a history lesson in medieval life and time; each piece portraying a facet of the middle age culture.
CHESS: A board of 64 squares of 2 alternating colors. 2 players each with 16 pieces or “Chessman.” 32 total. Half ebony. Half ivory. Each player gets 1 King, 1 Queen, 2 Rooks, 2 Knights, 2 Bishops, and 8 Pawns.
PAWN: The pawns represent the serfs of the times. Serfs were practically slaves. They were manual laborers for the kingdom and treated as property. They could be sold, used as a deflection, traded, exploited, or put to the death for the greater good. Just like serfs, pawns are the greatest in number. They are used to create diversions and sacrifice themselves for the sake of the nobility.
ROOK: Although being called a “castle” is out-dated, this piece, also formerly called the tower, rector, or marquess, does, in fact, resemble a castle. Interestingly enough, the rook’s true name is derived from the word “chariot” in many languages such as Persian. In usage, it portrays the speed of a chariot. It is stronger than a Queen, thus this “tower” is a place of refuge for other pieces.
KNIGHT: The Knight represents the knights of the middle ages! A protector of the nobility, this warrior is the only piece that can jump. As chosen soldiers, they also sacrifice their lives for nobility.
BISHOP: A bishop in medieval times was a priest who had climbed the ladder of success in the Catholic Church. The Church was a normal part of everyday life for most people and had a grandiose effect on them. This powerful piece is not limited in distance. In other cultures, it may have depicted a different facet of life- runner/messenger (Romanian) or jester (French).
QUEEN: The Queen “Chessman” represents … you got it! Drumroll, please … The Medieval Queen! As the only woman in the game, she moves with grace and force. In the Middle Ages, queens were mighty and very influential to her king. She moved mountains in the inner courts, even though, at times playing games of intrigue. In the game of chess, the queen has the right to move wherever she wants.
KING: The King chess piece resembles the Medieval King. The loss of the king means the surrender of the kingdom, or in this case, the game. (Let’s remember – it’s a game here and not real warfare 🙂 Yeah, right. To lose is to die! 🙂 A thousand deaths I’ve died… It is every piece’s responsibility to protect the king. Their lives’ depend on it. Although he is the most important piece, he is not the most powerful.
1 Board. 64 squares. 32 pieces. 2 people.
Hey, got an hour? I’ll put the coffee on…
Bubczyk, Robert. “‘Ludus Inhonestus Et Illicitus?” Chess, Games, and the Church in Medieval Europe.” SpringerLink, Springer, 1 Jan. 1970, link.springer.com/chapter/10.1057/9781137497529_2.
“Chess History.” Chess Variants – Ancient Chess – How to Play – Xiangqi – Shogi – Shatranj, ancientchess.com/WordPress/?page_id=269.
V, Kam. “Chess Is More than a Game of Skill-It Is a Medieval History Lesson in Miniature.” Chess.com, Chess.com, 13 Nov. 2008, http://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-is-more-than-a-game-of-skill-it-is-a-medieval-history-lesson-in-miniature.
Chess History, http://www.chesshere.com/resources/chess_history.php.
“History Of Chess – A Simple Guide on Who Invented Chess.” IChess.net, 1 Dec. 2018, http://www.ichess.net/blog/history-of-chess/.
With 2018 coming to an end we eagerly look forward to 2019 and what the new year will bring for Chess Made Fun.
We are excited to make the list of top 75 Chess blogs to follow in 2019. Of course we owe each of you a big THANKS for reading and sharing our blog!
If you are a chess enthusiast there are a lot of good blogs in this article you will want to check out!
When we recommend games for your family we’re not recommending more toys to clutter your child’s closest or playroom.
We encourage you to have special activities or games your child gets to play with just you or the whole family. It is this time they cherish the most because they get to do it with you.
Most of our IQ games are solo but if you sit down, help and watch your child play you will be amazed at what you learn. What problems they run into, how they analyze outcomes, and the resolutions they are able to find!
Some times playing games gets competitive but if we slow down we learn so much more!
Even if you can only block off 15 minutes every other day the learning benefits will help them for years to come. Make sure to put away all devices so there are no unnecessary distractions!
If your 2-5 year old isn’t interested in playing chess with you, put the chess board away! We recommend instead teaching about castles, queens, kings, knights etc., we have added some Melissa and Doug items that work for us! Some of these can be found at your local toy stores.
You can also let them dress up as there favorite chess piece (we will be adding costumes next year) or get them a cool chess t-shirt or onesie to add excitement!
If they are interested in Chess it is still good to add some fun into their lesson time. You can purchase “Chess is Child’s Play” to learn mini games to play with children as young as two!
Hope everyone is enjoying the start to the holiday season! Cheers!
One reason I love “Teaching Chess Step by Step” is the activities and exercises starts with the pawns game. Warren and I use this teaching method for players that are just learning chess for the first time.
Starting with all 32 pieces that have different movements can be overwhelming. Starting with just the pawns teaches players how pawns move, capture and their special power of promotion.
Once our players understand pawn movements we then start to introduce the other pieces until the player understands how each piece moves.
The other courses in “Teaching Chess Step by Step” are easy to understand. Any school athletics coach or senior center activities director can use this set to teach players of all ages the fun and rules of chess! Book 2 has plenty of pages you can copy and hand out to the class or group.
The Kasparov Chess Foundation
by Igor Khmelnitsky, Michael Khodarkovsky
and Michael Zadorozny
The most thorough and complete curriculum for teaching chess!
Having a baby we have so enjoyed watching her achieve new milestones! Some of the toys she chooses to play with surprises me.
Before becoming a mom I would always try to find gifts that excited my nieces and nephews, but now getting to see what my daughter chooses to play with at 11 months old blows my mind.
She prefers plastic colorful objects or wooden! Colorful strings and tags are the first thing she notices. I thought the toys with sound would attract her more but no!
We have known we were going to introduce her to chess around 2 but she started noticing us playing chess around 10 months. She wants the pieces, she likes to take them on and off the board! She loves most to taste them! 🙂
Maybe we will have a third chess enthusiast in our family!