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Yalow Tigers Summer Chess Camp 2017

July 6, 2017 @ 9:00 am - July 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

The 2017 Chess Team Summer Camp, running from Thursday, July 6, through Friday, July 28, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., will feature a holistic approach to learning, including tai chi and music as well as chess. Tai chi will focus on the body, music on the spirit, and chess on the mind.

The Chess Team Summer Camp is the foundation for building the Yalow Tigers chess team, preparing students to compete in city, state, and national chess championships. 85 students are participating. Students will learn the nuances of tournament play: Using digital clocks and chess notation (writing down chess moves during a 100-move match) and using computer programs to review past games. Students will learn problem-solving techniques and critical thinking to help them find the best counter-moves.

The camp will be directed by National Master Jerald Times. Mr. Times is bringing an all-star assembly to the summer camp, which features Hall of Fame martial artist Abdul Musawwir teaching tai chi and musician and Ph.D. candidate Kasaun Henry instructing students in music.

In addition to learning tai chi and singing, students will participate in weekly chess tournaments as well as two park field trips, and receive T-shirts, chess sets, and trophies.

Studies show that chess enhances student academic performance and improves scores on standardized test. It is our mission that our young students learn to make not only the right moves in chess but also the right moves in life.

The Chess Team Summer Camp is the foundation for building the Yalow Tigers chess team, preparing students to compete in city, state, and national chess championships. Students will learn the nuances of tournament play: Using digital clocks and chess notation (writing down chess moves during a 100-move match) and using computer programs to review past games. Students will learn problem-solving techniques and critical thinking to help them find the best counter-moves.

The process of becoming a competitive tournament player helps students gain life skills to be successful players on and off the board. Losing matches before you win teaches delayed gratification. Analyzing your losses to another player—introspection—helps students learn to become reflective. Finding the right move under pressure teaches children to deal with stress. Learning to think ahead is valuable not only in chess but also in life. These chess skills complement and reinforce those being taught in Yalow’s Family Support Group.

Details

Start:
July 6, 2017 @ 9:00 am
End:
July 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm