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To Ask or Not to Ask? That is the Question...

on Friday, May 31, 2019

One of the most important things you can do in your class is to create a safe place for your students to learn. I always want my students to feel comfortable enough to be able to be themselves, which includes being able to ask questions confidently, and without feeling intimidated. From the very first day, in my introductory talk, I always tell my students that I love questions, and that there is no such thing as a silly question.

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The Chess Rules

on Thursday, Feb 07, 2019

by Rob Brose

Chess rules may seem a bit confusing, especially for beginners, but they are very simple. In essence, it’s a popular board game played between black and white players who alternate their turns.

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Stalemate

on Friday, Jun 29, 2018

by Rob Brose

A stalemate is a tie game. In a chess tournament, it is worth a half point, so it is a much more preferable outcome than a big fat zero when you lose.

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Take Me Chess

on Friday, May 11, 2018

by Rob Brose

How many times have you moved a piece, maybe your Queen, to a square you thought was safe, maybe were even thinking, “Muahahahahaha! On my next move I’m going to checkmate their King, and win the game! This is going to be epic!

 

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En Passant – The Goofiest Chess Rule

on Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018

by Rob Brose

To try and help you visualize and define En Passant (Meaning: "in passing"), this strange, esoteric rule of chess, you’re going to need a 50 lb bucket of live octopus (slime would be a cheaper, more humane, but less interesting alternative), an extra bucket of seawater, chalk, a blanket, a bowl of homemade soup, $50, and a volunteer. Preferably a gullible one.

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Alien Colonization

on Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018

by Rob Brose

Today, Kids, Wizards and Readers, we are embarking upon our first journey to Kepler-438b, a planet orbiting in the ‘goldilocks zone’ of its red dwarf star, 470 light-years from our planet Terra. We have located an area that is ideal for human habitation which you should see on screen momentarily (it looks strikingly similar to an empty chess board).

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Pawntastic

on Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018

by Rob Brose

 

Pawntastic is the game we play with new students on their first day of chess class. It is a simple game that can be challenging in its own right, and is also great for practicing all of the other chess pieces. 

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Racing Kings

on Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018

by Rob Brose and Tim Dobbs

 

This variation game was first introduced to me by the great Wizard extraordinaire, Tim Dobbs, who is one of our Program Directors here at Chess Wizards. I don’t claim he’s the one who invented it, but he gets the credit for bringing this fun, challenging chess game to our classrooms.

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Chess Wizards is Hiring Nationwide

on Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014

Do you think you have what it takes to be a Wizard? Chess Wizards is always looking for qualified, enthusiastic individuals who can make education fun. Our instructors...

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Welcome to the New Chess Wizards Website

on Thursday, Aug 22, 2013

We’ve spent the entire year working on an easier-to-use, more informative and interactive website. Registration is easier than it’s ever been. And once...

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