Author: George

Using Chess to bring families closer together

When I ask students what their goals are in the beggining of class, I have at least one that says “I want to beat my daddy!” For many children, it is this strong connection between chess and family that keeps them interested in chess, and bonding with the family. The majority of chess players have […]

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Hows does a child’s mind work when they play chess?

We all know that chess is great exercise for a child brain. This article from the New York Times goes over how scientists have used M.R.I. technology to uncover what parts of the brain are working when chess is played, along with the differences between the way beginners and advanced players think. Every chess player […]

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Chess Classes and Tournament at Vernon Area Library starting soon!

CheckMates Chess Academy will be hosting a series of chess classes following by a tournament at the Vernon Area Library in Lincolnshire. Classes will run on April 23rd, April 30th, and May 7th. There will be two classes, one for kids who want to learn to play chess and one for students who know how […]

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Make your own cool chess set!

Hi All, I came across this chess set make entirely from nuts and bolts. Great Idea! Check it out and even try to make your own. For more pictures and information on how to make your own set click here.

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Chess Art (Cool Chess Boards)

I came across this article, thought I would share the super cool chess boards with you all. http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Make-a-Solid-Steel-Chess-Set

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Chess Tournaments Coming Up!

CheckMates Chess Academy will be hosting two separate tournaments on Saturday the 26th! Both are free to the public and all participants with leave with a PRIZE! Des Plaines Public Library Chess Tournament- 10:00 – 12:00 Elk Grove Village Public Library Chess Tournament- 1:00 – 3:00. Please register ahead of time with appropriate library, SPACE IS LIMITED.

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Winter Break is Almost Here!

Winter break is almost here for most students! Make sure your child exercises their brain this winter break by checking out our online resources page and doing some chess puzzles. Your child can bring them into class for extra credit when classes resume in January as well. In addition, students can watch the following movies for extra […]

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New Features on New Website!

Hi All, Welcome to the new CheckMates Chess Academy website. There are a few major changes, including online resources with puzzles and a blog! Feel free to browse through the online puzzles, there will be an answer sheet coming online soon. Also, make sure you check the blog every week as we will be posting information about […]

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