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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chess great Kasparov takes game to kids in Africa

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Hi everyone,

Chess great Garry Kasparov watches Grade 6 pupils at the Zamintuthuko Primary School in Mamelodi make their moves with the educational project Moves for Life. Photo: Thobile Mathonsi.

We found this nice article on chess great Garry Kasparov's visit to South Africa. The chess legend visited Zamintuthuko Primary School in Mamelodi and Hoërskool Waterkloof as part of his partnership with a Pretoria-based chess educational project, Moves For Life (MFL).

Kasparov’s visit to the country is to link his Kasparov Chess Foundation to MFL to extend the successful MFL formula to other African countries. MFL was launched nationwide last year and has expanded to over 50 schools across the country.

Principal Matome Ramokhufi said the pupils had already shown improvements in their level of concentration in class. “The project also assists in the pupils’ level of critical thinking as chess helps them to think outside the box. “We are already seeing improvements in their work in maths and science.”

Ramokhufi said before the project was implemented at the school, teachers had realised that pupils did not always follow the rules and steps of problem solving in maths and science.

May all the kids of the world learn chess - that's our fond wish. If your school or local club is running a chess programme, do share your activities with Chess Blog.

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