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The Most Ancient Game: an Introduction to Chess

Chess teaches students to anticipate potential problems, how to focus & concentrate, visualize a sequence of actions, weigh options, and understand actions have consequences. For both middle and high school students.

Total classes: 6

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 7th to 12th

Suggested credit: ½ semester Chess, Math, or Logic


Chess is one of the oldest games, receiving acclaim from St. Thomas Aquinas to Chuck Norris. Chess has been shown to improve reading comprehension, math success, logic skills, and strategic thinking. In this course, students will learn basic chess play, structure, the function of the pieces, and strategy.


Introduction and how the pieces work

How to make good exchanges and Checkmates

The Opening and the Midgame

The End-Game, Forks, and Pins

Chess Notation, Weaknesses and Strengths

Four big mistakes and how to deal with the King

Materials and Homework

Course materials: A chess set is advised, but not required.

Homework: Students will complete simple chess puzzles to cement lessons between classes. Expect to spend approximately 30 minutes per lesson, with optional work that can take an additional 30 minutes.

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