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Because of the COVID-19 virus, Chess Institute has not been able to teach lessons in person since March of 2020. Taking on this challenge with positivity and vigor, Chess Institute has transformed all of
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Chess Institute’s founder, Ted Winick, called our chess instruction programs “magic”, and for good reason.
For more than 500 years, chess has fascinated people worldwide, including Ted. In 1999, he taught the game to his young children, and started a chess club in their elementary school. Ted noticed his kids and students positively approaching life’s challenges by using chess skills in daily life. As their chess playing improved, Ted noticed a boost in their self-esteem and confidence.
After Ted’s club won a championship, many more schools invited him to run chess clubs. Later under the banner of Chess Institute of Canada (CIC), Ted and a growing pool of carefully trained English and French instructors deliberately taught kids how to apply their chess skills to life, including:
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I graduated from Hillcrest School about 6 years ago. While I was there, I was a member of your school chess club and a participant in your chess in the classroom programs. I already knew how to play the game and enjoyed it, but you made me think differently about it. You emphasized critical thinking and careful analysis, not just in chess, but in all things. “Touch move” was your signal to weigh my options, and a way to try to visualize the game.
You used to say that chess was like life, with a beginning, middle and endgame. I’m still near the beginning, and I’m currently starting my first year at McGill University. I’m not sure what I want to do with my life quite yet, but I think your lessons in chess have helped me make some decent moves. Thanks for everything!