The following materials are available from the USCF office.
When ordering articles please use the assigned number for quick
and easy identification. The first copy of each of these recommended articles
is complimentary. Additional copies are available at the rate
of 5¢ per page. Please address requests to U.S. Chess
Federation, Attn: Scholastic Department, 3054 NYS Rte 9W, New
Windsor, New York 12553, (845)562-8350, Ext. 128.
#1 - "Chess in Education Research Summary" by Robert Ferguson (1995). A 14-page summary of key chess research.
#2 - "Chess Improves Academic Performance" summary of NY School Chess Program. 1 page.
#3 - "The Importance of Chess in the Classroom"- Atlantic Chess News-1990 (Michael D. Wojcio) Wojcio teaches chess to slow learners in 5 NJ schools and this describes his program and the benefits. 3 pages.
#4 - "Chess and Education" (John Artise) After 2 years of psychological research in chess, Artise found cognitive improvements in memory, logic, observation and analysis, and operant conditioning. 3 pages.
#5 - "The Effect of Chess on Reading Scores" by Stuart Margulies, Ph. D. 13 pages.
#6 - "Teaching the Fourth R (Reasoning) Through Chess." (Robert Ferguson) A 1979 project teaching the gifted (grade 7-9) in Bradford Pa. Statistical "proof" that chess increases thinking scores. Also, includes description of teaching program. 4 pages.
#7 - "Chess Legislation" by Roz Katz. New Jersey did it, you can too. 14 pages.
#8 - "Chess Makes Kids Smart" (Anne Graham-PARENTS-Dec 1985) Urges parents to introduce their kids to chess and quotes work of Pete Shaw, Jeff Chesin, Bob Cotter, etc. Good to show to administrators. 3 pages.
#9 - "A Guide to Scholastic Chess" (Dewain R. Barber and USCF) A guide to starting a chess club. Very practical. 33 pages.
#10 - "Chess Makes Kids Smarter" (Dr. Gerard J. Dullea) 1 page.
#11 - "Chess as a Way to Teach Thinking" (Diane
Horgan) 4 pages.
The following articles may be of use if you are pursuing in-depth research in certain areas. Copies are available at the rate of 5¢ per page.
#12 - "Metacomet School Chess Project" (Barbara
Blackwell) An extensive program detailed, involving a chess coordinator,
curriculum developer, and instructors. Specific lessons detailed
and expected outcomes listed. Primarily worked with 1st graders.
1984 work of 5 previous years. 10 pages.
#13 - "Craig Hill School Lesson Plans" (Herman
Bernhardt) Interesting. 8 pages.
#14 - "Chess as a Classroom Tool" (Lev Alburt) Handout. 2 pages.
#14a - "Chess Textbook to Aid a Teacher" (Lev
Alburt) Handout. 2 pages.
#15 - "Can Chess Improve Thinking, Social and Organizational
Skill in Learning Disabled Students? (Carol Ruderman). Chronicles
work with bright high school students with adjustment problems,
and also learning disabled kids 9-14. Social and emotional progress
was demonstrated. 4 pages.
#16 - "The Social Pedagogical Significance of Chess"
(B. Gashunski) After a general introduction he concentrates on
academic successes of some Russian programs. 8 pages.
#17 - "Checkmates" (Susan Elan-Fairfield County
Advocate, March 20, 1989) Deals largely with Mr. Jovanovic and
the Dalton kids but also deals with the growing popularity of
chess with young kids. 4 pgs.
#18 - "Chess a Subject Taught at School" (Isaac
Linder-SPUTNIK-June 1990) Chess is on the curricula in nearly
30 countries. Brief survey. 2 pages.
#19 - "The World of Youth Hobbies: Chess" (NV
Krogius and B.S. Gershunksi.) A translation of a 1987 Soviet Pedagogics
Magazine article dealing with specific skills chess develops that
are used elsewhere (selectiveness, discipline, objectivity). 9
#20 - "From Street Kids to Royal Knights" (Jo
Coudert-Readers Digest- June 1988) The work of Bill Hall in an
East Harlem ghetto, and their trip to Russia. 6 pages.
#21 - "Washington State Bill" (1985) To establish
a mental sports competition and research commission. Key section
vetoed. 11 pages.
#22 - "Chess and Cognitive Development" (Joan
Christiaen - translated for MACA) A 65 page study loaded with
statistics and bibliography on the benefits of chess to cognitive
development in Belgian children. (Piaget tests used)
#23 - "Commission for Chess in School" comments
from an international meeting. 4 pages.
#24 - "Chess and Education" (Russell Potter)
A Bibliography of 11 pages. Useful.
#25 - "School Chess Handbook" (RV Mahon-Chess
Federation of Canada). Very useful on basics such as what you
need to know to start a club. 22 pages.
#26 - "Children and Peace: Report by FIDE to UN"
(Naciso Rabell Mendez). Emotional speech but contains summary
of research. 6 pages.
#27 - "Race for the Mind" (Bill North) Appeal
for a course in chess analysis in the schools by the chairman
of the Santa Clara Chess League. 5 pages.
#28 - "Chess Expertise in Children" (D. Horgan
& D. Morgan) 33 pages.
#29 - "Chess and the Humanities" Papers at conference in Lincoln, Neb., May 1978. 3 pages.
#29a - "Chess Contributions to the Understanding of Human Cognition" (Sara E. Goldin-Carnegie-Mellon Univ.) 7 pages including bibliography.
#29b - "Chess as Education: Character Assassination or Life of the Mind" (Tim Redman) The first 2 pages are charming but seem to knock chess; the rest is solid on benefits, particularly on Frank's Zaire study. 6 pgs.
#29c - "Global Community: The Phenomenon of Postal Chess" (Helen Warren) Covers history, mechanics, and the character of players and how they benefit from postal chess. 9 pages.
#29d - "Chess and the Transformations of American Values" (Troy L Armstrong) This study indicates that changing American attitudes toward leisure will bring chess into more prominence. 6 pages.
#29e - "Some Demographic Aspects of Chess" (Arpad Elo) A brief history of chess and a statistical study of which countries currently have heavy participation. 13 pages.
#29f - "Chess and the Federal Government" (Bernard Hagerty) Suggestions for getting money from the NEH and the NEA. 6 pages.
#29g - "Chess and the Search for Freedom" (David Stevenson) Urges Tal as a role model. Seems to say little. 6 pages.
#29h - "The Social Functions of Chess in Yugoslavia and in America-A Comparative View" (Michael Spangler) In Yugoslavia, chess is much more closely integrated into society, physical conditioning is more stressed, and the chessplayer's disposable income is twice as great. 10 pages.
#29i - "Chess is for Heavies: Images of Chess in Detective
Fiction"(Frank Blaha & Marge Cathcart). 10 pgs.
#30 - "Using Chess to Promote Self-Esteem in Perceptually
Impaired Students." (William Levy -Hopatcong Schools for
NJ Dept. of Education) 93 pages of tests and worksheets in a detailed
program. (teachers guide)
#31 - "Chess in the Classroom, an Answer to NIE"
(prepared for MACA) A massive document of 57 pages containing
a challenge to NIE claims of the non-transferability of chess
skills by Adrian de Groot, a critique of another study by Harry
Lyman, The Philosophy of Karl Popper as annotated and illustrated
on the chess board, and 2 key experiments- the Christiaen one
mentioned above and A. Frank's experiment in Zaire in 1973-74.
#32 - "Chess and Aptitudes" (Albert Frank) Part
1 item F of "Chess in the Classroom, an Answer to NIE"
#33 - "The Effect of Learning to Play Chess on Cognitive,
Perceptual and Emotional Development in Children"(Steven
Fried & Norman Ginsburg) The effect of chess training on 3rd
and 4th grade children in the 3 areas mentioned in a middle class
Brooklyn elementary school. 18 pages.
#34 - "Chess Gives Hope for Our Youth." (The
Saratogian in Saratoga Springs) 1 page.
#35 - "Educators Using Chess as a Tool of Development"
(David Kibbs) 1 page.
#36 - "Intelligence and Chess" (Rafael Tudela)
#37 - "How to Develop Experts" (Diane Horgan) 1 page.
#38 - "Competition, Calibration, and Motivation"
(Dianne Horgan) 7 pages.
#39 - "This Game Might Make You Smart" (Dianne
Horgan) 3 pages.
#40 - "Chairman of the Boards" (Dan Sorenson) Youngsters from Tucson, Ariz. achieve success. 2 pages.