CHESS BEHIND BARS – A REMARKABLE BOOK BY CARL PORTMAN

We would like to introduce a remarkable book about a new and unusual area where chess can be also used as a development tool. The author is Carl Portman, the English Chess Federation’s Manager of Chess in Prisons. In 2015 he was awarded the ECF President’s award for services to chess.

Yes, this area is the chess in prisons. Is it surprising? Not after reading the book!

The author, Carl Portman and Victoria Prentis
who supports Carl in his work in prisons.

Chess Behind Bars offers a guide to chess in prisons that will instruct and entertain regardless of your situation. It covers almost every aspect of chess imaginable – from the rules to chess history, from puzzles to famous games, and even some tips for improvement and how to motivate yourself. Especially powerful is the testimony from prisoners. It is a smorgasbord of chess, seen from an unusual angle.

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New Puzzle Statistics Module

LearningChess introduced a new puzzle statistics module, which is accessible in the My Progress menu.

Of course, teachers can also closely follow the puzzle solutions submitted by their students in the Learning Management System.

Chess is 99% tactics” – said Richard Teichmann, 19th century German Grandmaster, and he was right – not literally but …

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#1 BEST ONLINE CHESS COURSE:
LEARNINGCHESS (JANUARY 2018)

 

We are happy to let you know that LearningChess is first on the ‘17 Best Online Chess Courses, Schools & Degrees’ list prepared by onlinecoursesreview.org in January 2018. We are glad that the work that we do is recognized in this review as well, and we are hoping to bring you many more interesting lessons and puzzles in the future.

 

We would also like to thank you all for enabling LearningChess to become one of the top organic search results in different search engines (e.g. ‘online chess course’ #1 in Google).

A tool for teachers to learn the rules of chess

Teachers usually do not know the rules of chess nowadays, at least not on a deep level. Read an instructive article from Ms. Shirmeena Faheem, Deputy Principal of the Ghiyasuddin International School, Malé, Maldives, how they successfully solved this problem during the last few years in a large scholastic chess project with 20+ teachers and 600+ students, in cooperation with LearningChess.

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CHESS FOR KIDS AT AGE 2-3?
YES, WITH MINIMASTER COURSES

We would like to introduce a unique development from Chess4Kids chess school in Switzerland.

Roberto Schenker and his team recently developed the innovative MINIMASTER Program for children aged 2-5 years.

 

Chess4Kids integrated chess as one element out of many that supports the children on their way to explore their inner and outer world. The program contains two levels (Prelevel1: 2-3 and Prelevel2: 4-5 years), and includes a huge variety of behavioral and interest based activities.

The complete guide of the program can be found on the Chess4Kids website.

Psychomotor Development
on the Giant Chessboard

Chess got more focus in early years development. Now we would like to introduce an interesting method from the Alfiere Bianco sports company in Italy.

Five and six year old children are using a giant chess board to help develop their psychomotor skills. By playing music and movement-based games on the board, children learn about directions, numbers, letters, listening to and following instructions, and working as a team.

 

The complete curriculum, videos, sample lessons, and other interesting details can be found on the FIDE Early Years Skills website.

 

LearningChess French Version
Has Been Renewed

Nouvelle version de LearningChess en français

We are excited to announce that Mr. Sylvain Ravot, FIDE Master and chess teacher, and LearningChess have signed a cooperation agreement. The aim of the cooperation is to further develop the LearningChess online chess education system, and make it available to students and chess fans in their native language in France and other francophone countries.

French version – version française »

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PUZZLE CONTEST
WIN A SUBSCRIPTION

Unique opportunity for our registered users!
Win a year’s subscription by solving puzzles and gathering badges. This is a great opportunity if you are already learning chess with us: you will receive an extra year’s subscription for free. Chess fans new to LearningChess can benefit too: use our Tactics Trainer and win a year’s subscription.
Are you interested? Read about the details below.

 

 

 

 

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