Saturday, September 27, 2014

International Chess Master tells Dicken students to play chess and build their minds

Click here to view Rec & Ed's fall chess classes

Playing chess is a powerful way to develop analytical skills, foster the competitive spirit and have fun. This inspiring message was delivered to Dicken Elementary 2nd-5th graders by a special guest from England: Sabrina Chevannes, a Woman International Chess Master.

Sabrina Chevannes
At age 13, Sabrina won the English under-13 championship, the first of many national and international awards.

"Sabrina's chess experience wowed the Dicken student body and empowered them, especially our girls," said Dicken Principal Mike Madison.

Rec & Ed chess instructor Allen Kaufman
 shows off WIM Sabrina Chevannes' new book. 
Sabrina is in the United States to compete in chess tournaments and to promote chess, particularly among school aged children. 

She presented Dicken with a copy of her book, Chess for Children, which teaches children 7 and up the basics of starting chess. WIM Chevannes' visit to Michigan was coordinated by Alan Kaufman, who leads the after school chess program at several Ann Arbor schools, including Dicken.

Mr. Madison added, “Chess is one of those activities that can enhance a child's mind in analytical thinking, problem solving and engagement. Anyone can play, learn new strategies and have fun. Every child should have a chess or checker game at home to play with parents or siblings.”

Rec & Ed offers chess classes for all ages. Most classes begin the week of Sept. 30. For a list of Rec & Ed chess classes including before school, after school and evening chess, click here: Rec & Ed chess classes.

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