Our first Chess Square One, designed for absolute beginners, children and their (grand)parents.
“I think our society would benefit in many ways if parents spent the time to teach their children chess. The bonding experience alone is amazing and the skills kids get from the game will help them in life. Plus their immediate schooling would be enhanced,” Laura Sherman, Tampa, FL, author of Chess is Child’s Play.
Chess Square One idea is this, it provides (grand)parents – even those who are not familiar with chess yet – with a simple and effective method (I developed for Kennesaw State University) for teaching their kids, plus free counseling and mentoring down the road!
This is a great way everybody spends some quality time together, family bonding and having fun. Think Family Game Night! Leave your digital devices alone for a short while and have some real good time together.
Tell your family and friends about this great (and free) opportunity to learn the basics of chess, the best game ever invented.
To promote chess and make it accessible to more people, we will be rotating places and times, covering north and northwest of metro Atlanta: Marietta, Kennesaw, Smyrna, Vinnings, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Roswell, Alpharetta (let me know if you may have in mind a specific place and time for organizing Chess Square One in your neighborhood!).
Warren and I are always looking for local chess events that we can attend. To our surprise there really aren’t too many! There was a group that met at Barnes & Noble in Roswell. That group stopped a year ago. We noticed chess.com has partnered with meetup.com to create a national chess meetup day. We are excited to find an event located in our area!
Starbucks is only 10 minutes from our house. The sun was shining early, so we had all the makings for a good morning! It was a little cool. We shivered through it and enjoyed a few hours of playing chess. At one point we had as many as five games being played at once! I had the pleasure of playing Henry, Dave, and Krish and losing to each of them. I did have one victorious rematch. I noticed that everyone was sure to acknowledge they were beginners before starting a game. You could slowly start to see who has been playing chess for years! Chess tournaments can be extremely competitive. This relaxed atmosphere of casual chess games was a lot more enjoyable for me.
I personally enjoyed meeting local chess enthusiasts and would love to keep this group going. Does anyone have ideas of locations in the Kennesaw/Marietta area that might allow 10 – 20 players to play chess comfortably for a few hours? It sounds like we missed a few people unable to make it in the morning. Maybe we can meet one Saturday morning each month and one weekday evening a month to accommodate all schedules. Warren and I created a Chess Made Fun Facebook page. We will post chess events in our area. Be sure to click on the link and “Like” our page. We will send you invitations to all events so you do not miss out on an opportunity to get your brain workout!