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BBC Piece on chess in China Town NY school

Here is a link to a great piece on a school in China Town in NY that takes chess VERY seriously!

Apologies, but for some reason it won’t let me embed this video.

Puzzle of the Day ~ October 13, 2014

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Puzzle of the Day ~ October 6, 2014

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Chess Research and Media Links

I just found a treasure trove of articles and other media about chess:

My Brilliant Brain featuring Susan Polgar

This interesting documentary by National Geographic explores the debate about how much of genius is nature vs. nurture.  It also talks about the life and career of one of the worlds top female chess playing role models.

Puzzle of the Day ~ September 29, 2014

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Metacognition & Chess

Why Chess?

Why are we so crazy about chess?  Lots of reasons, but here’s one. Soon after learning the rules of the game, most chess coaches teach students how to take notation (writing down the moves of their games) so that they can review their games.  Students are taught to play through their games and take notes about the impact of various moves.  Students are also encouraged to go over games with peers and coaches and to input it into chess analysis software.  In the process, students learn important metacognitive skills.  Metacognition is usually defined as “thinking about thinking”.  It includes skills that help you plan, organize, manage tasks, monitor work, troubleshoot issues, self-reflect, self-assess, figure out which strategies are effective, and direct your own learning.  Playing chess is basically a metacognition learning lab (because you have to monitor and evaluate your strategies, manage your attention, etc.), but reviewing games take it to a whole new level.  Not only that, but reviewing games reinforces the idea that making mistakes and learning from them is a natural part of the learning process.

Learn more:
Kazemi, Yektayar, Abad (2012) ~ References below abstract offer additional sources

Puzzle of the Day ~ August 10, 2014

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Puzzle of the Day ~ August 9, 2014

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Puzzle of the Day ~ August 8, 2104

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