Parents and teachers of school-age children can participate in a free seminar that shows how chess teaches skills important to academic success – skills such as classifying, pattern recognition, decoding, creating and predicting.
Alexey Root, the 1989 U.S. women’s chess champion, will lead the class at the Chehalis Timberland Library from noon-2 p.m. Aug. 10.
Those in attendance will have a chance to practice lessons from Root’s book, “Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14.” Books will be available for purchase after the class. No prior knowledge of chess is needed, but participants are asked to bring chess sets and boards if they have them. There is no fee for the class.
Root has a doctorate in education from UCLA and has a “Woman International Master” title from the World Chess Federation. She is a senior lecturer in interdisciplinary studies at the University of Texas in Dallas and has six books in print on the relationship between chess and education.The Chronicle (Centralia)