St. Lawrence College

From: Manos Alachouzos,  Athens, Greece

65 students

It is always a challenge when faced with a class of learners all keen to hone their chess skills or to learn the game of chess, to come up with activities that engage them and at the same time cater to their varying ability levels…


This is what I face every summer when pupils from various schools in Athens and from around the world come to St Lawrence College in order to improve their English skills and to enjoy a variety of other cognitive and physical activities. This is why was such a godsend.

Two girls learn with

There are well-thought out and wonderfully presented chess activities that children can progress through independently. These activities are aimed at developing the chess skills of novices, intermediate players and experts alike.

Small children learn chess with

At the same time, I selected activities that I felt would benefit all the pupils in a particular group and with the help of a Smartboard we progressed through these quite successfully. This helped tremendously with younger learners and with pupils who were just learning English and would not have been able to progress through the lessons on their own. It was a pleasure to watch them put into practice what they had learned from the website.

Smartboard presentation with

The site is ideal for teachers like myself who are not expert chess players themselves but enjoy the game and would like to help students learn to play and enjoy the game of chess, a game whose cognitive benefits have been well-documented.

Learning chess in the library with

A huge thank you to everyone at for all of their help and support!

Manos Alachouzos,

St Lawrence College,

Athens, Greece

The article and the pictures were published with the permission of St. Lawrence College.

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