Chess for Schools: Publication

Just a quick announcement this week: my new book Chess for Schools has just been published by Crown House Publishing.

It’s a book written for schoolteachers, not for chess players or chess teachers, so it might not be for you.

However, if you’re in touch with any schools in your area you might want to encourage them to take a look.

Regular readers may be aware that my views on children’s chess are very different from those espoused by most junior chess organisers in the UK. Specifically, I believe that, while encouraging mass participation in competitive chess by young children is superficially attractive, it doesn’t lead to retention and is therefore not the best way to approach chess in schools.

If you’re reading this you’re probably a chess player yourself. In that case you’ll know how hard it is to play even a reasonably good game. It’s a highly abstract game with many choices on each move and requires intense concentration over a long period of time. Some bright young children with supportive parents can hack it, but most can’t. It’s much better, then, to encourage their potential interest in chess at secondary school rather than at primary school.

This book takes the reader through my life story and my experience of half a century teaching and promoting chess to children, explaining how my views changed as I learnt more about schools and education and started wearing a teacher hat rather than a chess hat.

If you’re interested in taking a look, you can visit the publisher’s website here. If you order quickly and enter the code SUMMER30 at checkout you’ll get a 30% discount. It’s also available from Amazon and other major suppliers. Five star Amazon reviews of this (and my other books) are always welcome!

In other news, the second part of my article on the strong English amateur TF Lawrence has been published here. I’ve also just published a review of Blind Faith, an annotated games collection by leading blind player Chris Ross, which you may well find interesting.

The latest Puzzle of the Week from Richmond & Twickenham Chess Club is here.

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Richard James is a professional chess teacher and writer living in Twickenham, and working mostly with younger children and beginners. He was the co-founder of Richmond Junior Chess Club in 1975 and its director until 2005. He is the webmaster of chessKIDS academy (www.chesskids.org.uk or www.chesskids.me.uk) and, most recently, the author of Chess for Kids and The Right Way to Teach Chess to Kids, both published by Right Way Books. Richard has been a member of Richmond & Twickenham Chess Club since 1966. Richard is a published author and his books can be found at Amazon. Richard is currently promoting minichess (games and puzzles using subsets of chess) for younger children through his website www.minichess.uk, and writing coaching materials for children (and adults) who want to start playing serious competitive chess, through www.chessheroes.uk. View all posts by Richard James

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