Kindred’s Special: Chess Instruction–Sign Up at The Rochester Chess Center, Available Now!

YES!! THE ROCHESTER CHESS CENTER is once again holding classes for students.  Interested in your child’s creative development?  I have always advocated children learning to play a musical instrument and to stimulate their creative juices in problem solving .  Readers of my columns know I have stressed this along with proper diet, rest and enjoying peers.  And my experience in chess has afforded me the opportunity to enrich readers’ joy in those learning pursuits. Fortunately we have in the city and County of Monroe a school system that embraces such importance in a child’s development.

Recently I have read that children tend to be overweight; fast food restaurants are being targeted by the Obama clan as being a cause. However, a greater cause is the parent desire to keep kids manageable. A full tummy is better than one that craves whenever a McDonald is passed-by. Another example is that of organized sport activity for children. Years ago kids got together, played games in lots, on school grounds, or even in the street–often making up their own rules, selecting captains and they would select in turn players until the whole group was organized in two teams. Kids would kiss their parents bye and be gone most of the summer days and get home in time for supper. Kids rode bikes, walked, ran, and depending upon their location, maybe went fishing or just hung out with their friends. Thankfully the instructors at RCC realize the importance of such physical activity and use the park during recreation away from lessons.

What else is available in the Rochester area communities? Well, for a starter, lets look at FAIRS. I read an interesting column by Frances I. Tepper who wrote a guest essay for the Brighton-Pittsford Post. She is the Executive Director of the Monroe County Fair and Recreation Association, Henrietta. The title is: FAIRS–A (VERY) LONG TRADITION.  In brief, she writes..In 1810 America was a newborn and the second war with Britain was still on the horizon. That’s all so…historical.  It doesn’t seem real. It was something that happened, we read about it, and although it has everything to do with who we are as a nation, it doesn’t seem to have any connection to our “every days”.

What seems to be relevant today is the founding of the first FAIR that took place in 1810 in Pittsfield, Mass. making fairs 200 years old and spread throughout the USA in many different guises.  Cotton candy and icecream cones were introduced at the St. Louis World Fair of 1904. Certainly the ingenuity and imagination of Americans introduced agricultural developments, clubs like the 4H Clubs, etc. saw cooking, baking, sewing, flowers and garden projects enriched our interest and support. It has been a mainstay for many years to family life and togetherness as a people.  Today, you can celebrate a historical adventure by attending the Monroe County Fair that runs from July 14th through July 18th, 2010.

Like fairs, chess has a long and interesting history. The United States was the powerhouse of the chessworld until the USSR vanguished the Americans as well as all other national teams. The USSR term for chess professional was that promising youth were given special schooling and the best devoted themselves to chessplay even while getting degrees etc. in other fields like journalism, teaching,  music, entertainment, and sciences. A segment became highly enshrined in politics to such an extent that original visions of communist supremacy was replaced by corruption and greed of an elite within the body politic. Americans Samuel Reshevsky, Reuben Fine, Larry Evans, William Lombardy, and Bobby Fischer  probably held out the most hope for the American teams joined by the Bryne brothers, Donald and Robert. Bisguier was instrumental too in aiding the American Olympic teams.

Lets be inspired to learn all we can about chess and life. The goals are similar. Contact the Rochester Chess Center, Ron and Shelby Lohrman, 221 Norris Drive, Rochester, NY 14610. Telephone 585 442 2430 or visit and be a part of this year’s growing breed of new champions.

Adios! for now.


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