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Monday, April 30, 2012

Helping Children Find a Better Life with Chess

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Hi everyone,

We found this nice chess story about how chess is helping these kids live a better life. Enjoy.

HARLEM — Standing on the opposite sides of a life-sized chess board, Maurice Campbell, 10 and Jhiana Evans, 11, fifth-graders at P.S. 36 in Harlem, rattled off commands that sent their classmates scurrying to white or black squares.

"Knight to F3," said Campbell who was wearing a white shirt with the letter K for king.

"Pawn takes E5," said Evans, wearing a white t-shirt with Q for queen.

Both had only a rudimentary understanding of the game before participating in Chess Lords, a human interactive chess program where kids learn by acting as pieces on a chess board.

But since joining the team, founded by Anthonyquiame Jackson-Bey, the students have improved their critical thinking skills, discipline and mathematical understanding — in addition to a host of other benefits with chess. Read more here.

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