The Amateur Eye – US Chess & Values

Education/ Chess is an educational tool aiding in the learning of planning, cause and effect relationships, pattern recognition, & research–all key skills for success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

Customer Service/ Strive for excellence being responsive, adaptive and proactive.

Communication/ Chess Life Magazine Masthead, Tournament Info, Stories & Articles.

Outreach/ Extend the knowledge and appreciation of chess and love of the game in all manner of play.

Missionary Vision/ Empowering  people through chess one move at a time by enriching the lives of people and communities through advancing a healthy work ethic.

                                               Don’s Coffee & Tea Break

Putting kids back on the right track who commit any assortment of crimes is a noble goal and is championed not only by chess in the USA but by Canada.  It started with an idea by Lance Grigg with the thought that if a kid might learn discipline playing basketball, why not chess he played as a youngster.  The judge said give him some pointers for his study.  Lance Grigg is an associate professor of education in Canada.  A sport, an art, a game that is about thinking of consequences of moves before you make them, trying to identify a number of possible solutions, keeping in mind a healthy respect for rules.  Rules are helpful and create the possibility for all that creative thinking.

Thus, with one man’s idea in Alberta was launched the Chess for Life program–an alternative sentencing program for young people who become involved in the criminal justice system in Alberta.

“I stumbled onto besomeone.org, Grigg says of the chess program begun by Orrin ‘Checkmate’ Hudson, a former State Trooper from Georgia and founder of Be Someone Inc. a Stone Mountain Georgia based nonprofit that uses chess to teach analytical thinking to children. He also gained inspiration from news articles he found about GM Maurice Ashley’s program for kids in Brooklyn, NY. The program involves the Police Athletic League and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.”

The experiment started with several youngsters sent by the judge to try the program which noted how to play, videos on chess puzzles and openings; the kids got excited playing blitz chess once into it.  The course lasts 25 hours of instruction and hands-on  play.  Each class lasts 90 minutes.  The hope is for wiser choices being made by all.

I remind my readers again to click on the blue heading of articles to get all my articles done/ current back to July 2007.

 

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