In the spring of 2015 I’ll be teaching Chess for Girls at Malcolm X on Fridays after school, and Chess for Boys at Malcolm X on Mondays after school. I’ll be teaching Chess (for everybody) at Berkeley Arts Magnets at 8:00 AM on Tuesdays, and Chess (for everybody) at Jewish Community Center at 5:00 PM on Tuesdays.

Chess develops the whole child. Research has shown that when children study chess, they get better grades, improved math, reading, and reasoning, better problem-solving and longer attention spans. And it’s fun!  I have taught after-school chess in Berkeley for ten years. Last year the annual Chess Tournament at Malcolm X Elementary attracted 76 students who preferred to play chess rather than go out on the playground. The  Chess for Girls class is, as far as I can tell, the only one of it’s kind, and it has helped raise girl’s participation to (almost) equal to that of the boys. In a typical class, after the first lesson or two, the students loosely divide into two groups, beginners and more advanced students, who may solve extra challenges in some workbooks, play with chess clocks, and compose their own chess puzzles.

Getting better at playing chess –> Read more

Chess Tournaments –> Read more