A Compendium for Chess Teachers, Coaches and Parents
By Jeroen Bosch and Steve Giddins
Publication Year: 2008
Features: Training Methods, Chess in Schools, Exercises, Top Coaches Explain, the Benefits of Learning Chess, Interviews, Tools, Reviews, etc.
In the last decade there has been a phenomenal growth of chess within the educational community.
The popularity of chess is no accident: in an era of compulsive zapping of TV channels, violent gaming and mobile chatter, learning chess means improving basic skills (like analysis, decision making, strategic thinking, stamina, and dealing with stress) while interacting meaningfully with other pupils. A great job for motivated teachers and coaches.
But how do you teach chess? What material do you use? Is there a particularly successful method? How do you sell a chess curriculum, how do you motivate your pupils and monitor their progress?
The Chess Instructor 2009 aims to give answers to all these questions, and more. Michael Basman explains how he puts 70,000 British schoolkids to play, every year, and Simen Agdestein tells about his work with super talent Magnus Carlsen. How do you run a chess school in the US, and what does acclaimed expert Mark Dvoretsky say about improving the play of promising youngsters?
This compendium is for chess training at all levels. With a multi-colored mosaic of articles, it aims to raise topics for discussion, and to get chess teachers at local schools to learn from top coaches, as well as the other way around. With ready-to-use teaching exercises for all levels.
GM Lubos Kavalek, The Washington Post:
"A wonderful collection"
IM Willy Hendriks, Schaak Magazine:
"A nice overview of what is currently being discussed among chess coaches."
IM Herman Grooten, Eindhovens Dagblad:
"A unique compilation of different views on chess coaching"
Elburg Chess Reviews:
"A book that every chess coach must have."
Johan Hut, Schakers.Info:
"An attractive book for chess trainers who love their profession and who are open to experiences of others."
British Chess Magazine:
"A very interesting book"
Bab Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad:
"A fascinating collection of articles (..) Hopefully the start of an impressive series."
Dr Alexey Root, author of 'Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators':
"An important new book"