Chess for Kids with Special Needs (Part I)

Up to 25% of children are categorized as special needs and diagnosed with a huge range of neurological disorders. For many of these kids, chess can have a big effect on their lives. But it...

How to Make Money as a Chess Player

In the past, I would bet on chess games with coworkers and friends. I never bet over $10. In my top year, I possibly won less than $1,000. It was just a blast for me....

Chess Keeps Seniors Young at Heart

The game of chess has old roots, and there are numerous reasons why chess has stood the test of time. Besides being linked with increasing brainpower, playing chess has many other advantages that can enrich...

Is Playing Chess Against Yourself Beneficial?

In my opinion, it’s not the idea of playing against yourself as it is playing with yourself (get your mind out of the gutter)! If you don’t want to just begin with a specified configuration, a solid strategy may...

Chess Makes Children Smart!

Numerous claims are made for the advantages of teaching chess to kids. But they are perhaps summed up best by the motto of the US Chess Federation: “Chess Makes Kids Smart”. As parents and teachers...

Black Chess Masters

At some point and time, there’s the question raised about the existence of Black players in the world of chess. Black players are present at tournaments around the globe. They are very fervent about chess...

Top Female Chess Players

Creating a list of the world’s top female chess players is a complex task. The criterion of play in women’s chess has been cultivated considerably over the years with many women now competing against the...

Mental Health Advocates and Using Chess as Therapy

Mental illness is by its very nature hard to control for the individual concerned. Advocates want to adopt a strategic approach to managing mental illness. Mental health advocates counsel against spontaneous, short-term processes as personal...

The Best Chess Player in the World: Magus Carlsen

You have perhaps heard someone say “I can defeat all my friends at chess” or “I’m the top chess player at my school!” After rolling your eyes, you may have questioned, Who is the best...

Unusual Chess Gifts

When it comes to gift ideas for chess players, one usually considers chess sets or gift cases. But if you really want to be usual when it comes to birthdays and Christmas, there are some...