The elective class, Integrating Chess and Critical Thinking, is a fun and challenging course for students at WRHS. Many are surprised that there is actually work and learning involved. As Cody was explaining to his father, "We are actually learning stuff and it's hard!" I believe students' initial assumption was that this will be like a gym class and we would just play games all the time. In a sense, that is partially true! But we have also looked into the math of the board, openings, schools of chess, tactics, problems, grand masters, rules and etiquette, and began learning about brain anatomy and memory this week.
|Megan, Xavier, and Nash Consider some moves to win back some pawns|
Last week brought an exciting treat and surprise for chess students. Kitt Connor, 08-09 WRHS Chess Club President and 08-09 WRHS Bughouse Champion, visited and was encouraged to perform his first simul with my chess class. Kitt is a long time friend and is currently finishing his double engineering and mathematics degree at the College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho. I am proud that he is also active in chess and is the founder and current president of the College of Idaho Chess Club.
|Kitt Conner at the Ogden Scholastics, 2008|
The College of Idaho used to be called Albertson's College and their students are not necessarily new to chess:
|Wesley, Andre, Guillermo, Ryan, Carter, and Yuri lined up like pawns.|
Thirteen of the chess students sauntered into class wondering what little tidbit I was going to share with them and they were more than a little surprised when they observed Kitt towering over me at the front of the room when class started. I introduced Kitt and then introduced the concept of a simul to the students. We then immediately began after I reminded them to record their games. Kitt looked like a professional chess player as he moved from student to student, and I was very pleased to see how serious the players considered their moves. Maybe my students thought he was?
|Lily, Keegan, Wyatt, and Victor are staying relatively equal.|
|Nash records his game, but plans his surrender against Kitt's army.|
|Andre records his game while Wesley wonders what Andre is going to do about Kitt's Queen.|
|Megan stays to the end, but wonders about resigning.|
Next week Tuesday, Nov. 13: Our class will take a field trip to Barnes & Noble, Twin Falls to meet, play, and learn from the Magic Valley Chess Club. To participate, contact me.
|Guillermo, Ryan, Carter, and Yuri are trying to maintain their position.|