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Meet the 2018 Women's World Chess Champion!

China's Ju Wenjun is the new Women's World Chess Champion, defeating reigning champion Tan Zhongyi with a draw in the 10th and final game of the championship in Chongqing, China to win the title with a final score of 5.5 points - 4.5 points!

Meet the New 2018 U.S.A. Chess Champions!

Nazi Paikidze - 2018 USA Women's Chess Champion! Nazi defeats Annie Wang in Tiebreaks & Armageddon playoff! In Tiebreak Game 2 below, Paikidze threatens a beautiful 2-move checkmate!

Chess Makes Kids Smart & Improves Academic Skills!

Chess research shows adding chess to your child's life is a wise and smart move! Chess can do great things for kids! Below is a collection of studies and papers that shows the ways chess makes a difference in your student's life. Research studies suggest chess increases intelligence and improves academic skills!  It's your move!

Adding Chess Can Make Homeschool Kids Smarter!

Adding chess to the homeschool curriculum is a wise and smart move! Chess can do great things for kids! Below is a collection of studies and papers that shows the ways chess makes a difference in your student's life. Research studies suggest chess increases intelligence and improves academic skills!  It's your move!

Part 6: What Chess Teaches Kids About Life!

Chess Teaches Life Lessons! Focus. Concentration. Respect for Opponent! Respect for Others. What is my opponent threatening? Respect for Self. Avoiding Blunders. Is my next move safe? Pattern Recognition. Planning. What is my opponent's next move? Time Management. Learning from Mistakes. Tenacity, Fighting Spirit.

Part 5: How to Promote Chess Clubs in Schools!

How to Promote Chess Clubs in Schools? The Chess Ladder is the Key! The Ladder must be constructed so that students' names are "up in lights!" Why is the Chess Ladder so important to the success of the club? Competition and recognition, simply competition and recognition! Students and faculty quickly become very interested in who are the strongest chess players in the school.

Many students when they see their classmates' names on the Chess Ladders think, "I could beat that person." Then, they show up to chess club and participate in Chess Ladder Competition.

Part 4-6: Scholastic Chess Tournaments & Ratings!

Scholastic Chess Tournaments introduce students to more serious competition with chess players from other schools beyond their own chess club. Field trips to scholastic tournaments give students a sense of belonging--an opportunity to be part of a "team!" Ratings! At United States Chess Federation (USCF) sponsored tournaments, students earn USCF ratings.

Part 4-5: Chess Club Bughouse Tournaments!

Bughouse Chess is a fun way to unwind after a period of studying or playing standard chess, but a bad way to prepare for a serious competition. Bughouse Chess is fun, festive and addictive! And, FUN! Students sometimes like to wear costumes for Bughouse Chess! Advantages include fun, excitement, team play, piece placement, attacking flight squares and checkmate patterns...

Part 4-4: Chess Club Quad Tournaments - Inclusion!

Simply put, Quad Tournaments are fun! Quads give everyone an opportunity to win an award or a prize at their ability and experience level. Why students enjoy them so much, is that players of same strength and experience compete against each other. The less experienced players in Quads III and IV are able to win the same "First Place" certificates and prizes as their more experienced, stronger counterparts in Quad I and II.

Part 4-3: Chess Club Ladders - Blitz & Standard!

Chess Club Ladder Competition is by far the activity that attracts the most interest and the most students to chess club. Good, simple, sturdy chess clocks ($24.95) are essential! Nothing will improve interest and attendance in a chess club more than a well-constructed, well-displayed and well-functioning chess ladder!