The objective of the chess program is to introduce kids to the game of chess and to decision making techniques.   The course introduces the rules of the games, the board and the pieces as well as basic decision making skills such as strategy and tactics.  It focuses on understanding important chess patterns which are used as foundation for further progress.    The first part of each class  is a lesson on theoretical concepts as well as practical play. The second part is actual practice play and solving chess puzzles required to acquire the desired skill set.  As part of the program students will complete a skill-set worksheet based on the curriculum.

Developing Critical-Thinking and Decision-Making Skills Through Chess
Week Topics

1

Introduction:

  • a. Objectives definition, Strategy and Tactics
  • b. Rules of the games
  • c. Value of the pieces
2

Features and limitations of the pieces:

  • a. Check
  • b. Checkmate
  • c. Stalemate
  • d. Decision making – Evaluating trades
3

Problem solving techniques:/p>

  • a. recording the moves – Notation
  • b. Checkmate patterns: Step mate, Queen Mate
4

Problem solving techniques (part 2):

  • a. Identifying options (discovery)
  • b. Analysis
  • c. Rook mate
5

Planning

  • a. Constraints, Prioritization, Rating options
  • b. One move mates
6

Objectivity

  • a. The scientific method, Measuring results, Feedback and corrections
  • b. Back Rank puzzles
7

Foundation of strategy:

  • a. Long-term considerations, Short-term and dynamic features
  • b. Skewers
8

Strategy (part 2)

  • a. Key assets, Competition
  • b. Pins
9

Working with constraints

  • a. Incremental thinking
  • b. Skill-set worksheet
10

Risk management:

  • a. Principals of risk taking.
  • b. Skill-set worksheet completion

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