There are over 10,200 possible moves. Kids love games. So what are yours playing Tic Tac Toe, clue or something more challenging. Concentration is a good game and there are variations. I had the kids play Backgammon. But chess is king, no, yes, pun intended. One of the oldest games in the world dating back 1,500 years.
This Saturday again, from 11-12:30 a total of six Saturdays Coach K as he is known to the kids is giving instructions at the Common Ground Cafe on s J st in Lake Worth Beach. I would have preferred Our Library, where knowledge literacy and culture is nurtured for not just our community, especially the young . Coach K an experienced teacher has brought teams to some major victories. The kids in this group range from 5 to age 12 and three participants are aged five. He is registered w Library services that make people like he, available for programs they wish to present. A little like a speakers bureau.
One of these kids will put L W Beach on the map. “Geniuses are not born but made” is attributed to Albert Einstein. Kids are ripe for mental stimulation. This I discovered while I had them during Covid. While trying to keep them occupied and not knowing at what stage of learning they were. I did what I recalled from my childhood.
This became apparent as language barriers are a concern but chess does not have that issue So I felt it was time for a new tact. I put up the first Hundred Susan Guyaux the Second and our Mayor Betty stepped up. A call came in from Staten Island also promising $100 from Ms Loretta Lutfy. I Searched and found Gyula Kovacs. He hails from Hungary via Canada. There is an article I found on Google. “ It checks out: Mr K has kids in Wellesley loving chess”. With photos .
Parents have to put in their time also. Our Library now more than ever needs adequate funding
as our schools have been denied funding from the state. It’s up to our community. Particularly In the Western sector if our town So we are grateful for this borrowed location. Once upon a time we use the Hatch bldg. for neighborhood mtgs. I gave free art classes there and the shuffleboard no longer there, is an accepted Ivey League sport where scholarships are made available by those universities. Reach for the stars!
Chess teaches how to win and how to lose. Realize the consequences of their actions, helps focus and develops problem solving. These are part of the game. This is what Coach K was teaching as I watched. His technique No verbal reprimands, No, don’t do that. . I read where a Venezuelan study of 4,000 2nd graders increased their IQ score after playing chess for 4.5 months.
Here are a few films that portray kids and chess. “Queene of Katwe” a true story. A young girl from Uganda shows promise having Been thaught by a missionary but as she can not read she can’t enter competition and has the desire to learn. Her mother begging and trading so she can afford paraffin, this allowed her daughter to have light at night to study. It is rated Pg 13 due to the dire living conditions. It is a true story and of course happy ending she ends up in University here in the states. This is free on you tube. Then highly recommended is “Searching for Bobby Fisher”. I enjoyed “Knights of south Bronx” also based loosely on a true happening.