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Hill Country Librarians Conference 2009

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  • 1. Chess @ Your Library Neil Krasnoff Betty Copeland
  • 2. Objectives• Motivate Participants to start chess clubs in their schools• Participants will gain knowledge and confidence in their abilities to run a chess club• Participants will learn a recommended sequence for teaching chess
  • 3. Why Chess?"In classrooms where Chess has taken hold, educators arereporting astounding results. After learning how to play chess ,kids who once showed little interest in getting a good educationare not only turning their grades and lives around, they areexcelling. Chess: • sharpens problem-solving skills • enhances imagination and creativity • promotes independence and a sense of responsibility • hones memory • heightens self-esteem • reinforces the concept of deferred gratification • and much more! -Maurice Ashley in Chess for Success
  • 4. The Ease of Starting a Chess Club• Chess equipment is very inexpensive• Many students and staff will already understand the basic rules of chess.• Chess is a timeless game that will attract an audience with minimal publicity• In summary, the benefits of chess are many and the costs and challenges are few
  • 5. History of Hays CISD Chess Program2005-Program Established at Lehman HS2006- First tournament/fundraiser event attracts 60+ studentsfrom area including representatives from 80% of Hays CISDschools2007-First official Hays CISD Chess Championship attracts 90+students from all but one Hays CISD campus2008-Second Hays CISD chess tournament attracts 100students from 100% of Hays CISD Schools. Lehman HS winsRegion VI chess titleToday: The Hays CISD chess program involves over 300students on each campus
  • 6. Case Study: Dahlstrom Middle School At Dahlstrom --- Chess is King! ( photo by Christy Hodson)
  • 7. "How does a middle school librarian who knowsvery little about the mysterious game of chessbecome the chief cheerleader of a group ofgung-ho chess warriors?"
  • 9. Dahlstrom Chess by the Numbers• 135 originally recruited• 80 average at weekly meetings (lower numbers after changing meeting date, also due to sports, and losing students who are no longer interested)• Majority is male, roughly 80%.• We have 60% 6th grade; 25% 7th grade; and 15% 8th grade.We are also meeting our low-socio/ low-economicstudents needs by providing late-bus services forafter-school activities.
  • 10. INNOVATIVE TEACHING GRANT!We applied for -- and received --a grant of $2000 to apply toour chess program, allowing us to hire a noted chess master toteach advanced strategies to students who sign up forworkshops, and to provide for additional activities to supportour chess program.We have parents who bring their elementary children toparticipate in our chess club -- additional middle schoolmentoring of younger students.We have "resource" students participating -- again additionalmentoring student-to-student --
  • 11. How many middle school kids can we squeeze in??
  • 12. Thank you HCISD for your support of our Chess Nuts!
  • 13. Chess is definitely cool at Dahlstrom!
  • 14. Getting Started1. Purchase Chess Sets-Buy only solid pieces. Dont bother with the $3.00 hollow sets at the Grocery Store or Pharmacy2. Purchase a couple of clocks o (United States Chess Federation) o (Austin based company)Then:1. Decide meeting times2. Recruit parents and community members
  • 15. Essential InformationUnited States Chess Federation Corner
  • 16. Excellent ResourcesSusan Polgar Institute of Chess Excellence (SPICE) at TexasTech), Maurice. Chess for Success: Using an Old Game toBuild New Strengths in Children and Teens. New York City:Broadway, 2005.Root, Alexey W.. Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators.Westport: Teacher Ideas Press, An Imprint Of LibrariesUnlimited, 2006.Root, Alexey W.. Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacywith Chess Activities. Westport: Teacher Ideas Press, AnImprint Of Libraries Unlimited, 2009.
  • 17. Chess Trivia Questions #1When did the Queen become themost powerful piece on the board?Why?
  • 18. Chess Trivia #1Answer: Probably originated in the15th Century, but the current strongQueen rule spread with the rise ofpowerful female rulers such asCatherine the Great in Russia andVictoria of England.
  • 19. Chess Trivia #2Which civilization invented thegame that eventually becameknown as Chess?
  • 20. Chess Trivia Continued #2Answer: India was credited with the originalgame called caturanga, but the Arabsimproved, popularized and spread the gamealong with Islam before the 10th Century. ThePersians were also very influential in the earlyperiod. Chess evolved into its modern form inEurope and its current rules were mostlyestablished by 1850.
  • 21. Chess Trivia #3In chess, there are two ways of"wasting time." What are they?
  • 22. Chess Trivia #31. The most obvious "time wasting" occurs whenplaying with a clock and one waits a long timebefore making a move.2. The 2nd way of wasting time is by makingmoves that are ill-conceived and being forced tomove the same piece out of trouble. Mostcommon amateur mistake is taking the queenout early and then the opponent forces it tomove back several times.