25 April 2008

Chess Club

I continue to be impressed with our son's Cincinnati Public School education. One extracurricular activity they offer is chess club for Kindergartners and up. The teacher is excellent, and they really hype it up with trophies and all.

There are tons of chess websites out there. One that the school recommended was a great blog, by Susan Polger, inspiration to many girl chess players.

This stood out to me on her Wikipedia page:
Polgar and her two younger sisters .... were part of an educational experiment carried out by their father László Polgár, who sought to prove that children could make exceptional achievements if trained in a specialist subject from a very early age. "Geniuses are made, not born," was László's thesis. He and his wife Klara educated their three daughters at home, with chess as the specialist subject. The father also taught his three daughters Esperanto.

Now doesn't that make you feel like an under-achieving parent?



Mark Miller said...

Our kids learned the game from their grandfather, but mastered it and really fell in love with it at Super Saturday. It's fun and challenging for beginners, intermediate & advanced. You can get more info at SuperSaturday.Org.

CityKin said...

Thanks for the tip Mark. Not sure about the "gifted" category for my son, but I think in the fall a class on chess strategy would definitely help.

Matt said...

Great post. What school is he in?

CityKin said...


Matt said...

Really interesting - I'd send my kind there. Thanks for the link.

Matt said...