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The Chess Game - by Sofonisba Anguissola, 1555

The Chess Game - by Sofonisba Anguissola, 1555

Dear Reader,


Welcome to the St Parick's "Chess Corner."  Perhaps you've looked in because you're a chess player, perhaps you have children or friends who play, maybe you were just curious to see what's going down in this tiny corner of the internet; whatever your reason, I'm glad you dropped by. The school has run an internal chess club since 2016 and we have roughly sixteen members aged 7 to 11 years, we meet on School day Tuesdays 15:30hrs to 16:30hrs and the advance class "Diehards" stay on until 17:00hrs. Don't be fooled by their ages, some of these kids are the deadliest players in western Walthamstow !!  The club is limited in numbers though each July we lose a handful of children to big school. The club is for St Patrick's pupils and applications to join must travel via Miss Fahey. 


Now for a little about me :-  I've been playing chess since 1972, probably spurred into action by the famous Bobby Fischer versus Boris Spassky 1972 World Chess Championship match, played in Reykjavik, Iceland. I'm an average club/tournament player having only grasped chess with real conviction in 2007 ( when Golf and I separated, .......... we no longer speak ).  My highest, and first world chess federation  rating in 2009 was 1797elo which placed me, at that time, within England top 700.


So why do I teach chess -  I believe the game is special and has significant power to develop children in a positive way; I'm also amazed by the way the developing brain has an ability to grasp complex and unusual skills; I believe I'm giving the children something special both culturally and from a neural perspective; and I love seeing children being far better at chess than I was at their age.


In this Chess Corner I'll aim to provide :-  chess news and tuition; answers to frequently asked questions; pointers towards resources that aid tuition, development, and enjoyment of the great game.  I'm not aiming to regurgitate material that already exists so where I've put wording in bold please look up the topic on Google, YouTube and Wikipedia (I'll add links in future posts).


Children - please ask permission before accessing the internet.


Have fun,



Chess Coach,

St Patrick's Primary school.

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