Chess In Education Workshop - Aug. 7-8, 2006 - Oakbrook, IL
By Alexey Root   
June 13, 2006
March 10, 2006
Press Release #9 of 2006

Contact: Alexey Root
[email protected]

Chess In Education Workshop - Aug. 7-8, 2006 - Oakbrook, IL

(CROSSVILLE, TN)Workshop location: Doubletree Oakbrook Hotel 1909 Spring Rd Oakbrook, IL 60523. The workshop is sponsored by the United States Chess Federation (USCF),, and organized by Dr. Tim Redman and Dr. Alexey Root, chairs of the USCF Chess in Education committee.

A list of committee members and up to date workshop information can be found at the Website Special thanks to John Buky for creating the Website.

Workshop description: The USCF's Chess in Education workshop is eligible for continuing professional development units (CPDUs) from the IL State Board of Education. The intended audience for the workshop is Chicago Public School teachers and other IL teachers, as well as parents and chess coaches nationwide. Each of the presenters' talks relates to the following five priorities for Illinois education: Mathematics, Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning, Reading, Standards and Assessment, and Counseling/Special Education. For example, a presenter on technology will show how chess can be used to reach educational objectives through chess programs and chess computers.

Fee Schedule: $15 for both days of the workshop or $10 for one day of the workshop. Send your check (made out to United States Chess Federation) to:
University of Texas at Dallas
Dr. Alexey Root
General Studies, GR 22
PO Box 830688
Richardson, TX 75083-0688

to reserve your spot. To reserve, please mail your check before July 24, 2006. Workshop limited to 40 participants per workshop day. Alternatively, you may pay each day at the workshop site, between 9-9:30 a.m.

The Chess in Education committee anticipates the following schedule of presenters:

August 7:

9:30-10:30: Michael Khodarkovsky, and Beatriz Marinello,

10:45-11:45: Mikhail Korenman; John Buky

1:30-2:30: Joseph Eberhard

2:45-3:45: Technology - Steve Lipschultz,

August 8:

9:30-10:30: Javier Pinedo,

10:45-11:45: F. Leon Wilson,

1:30-2:30: David Heiser,; Kiran Frey

2:45-3:45: Fernando Moreno

Blueprint curriculum by the Kasparov Chess Foundation -Michael Khodarkovsky, President of the Kasparov Chess Foundation, speaks for 30 minutes about the foundation’s curriculum. Mr. Khodarkovsky conducts a FIDE Trainers Seminar August 5-6, at the same location as the August 7-8 Chess in Education workshop.

Chess, Learning, and Leadership. Beatriz Marinello, the first woman president of the United States Chess Federation (USCF), discusses her leadership role in scholastic chess. Her 30 minute talk also covers her current USCF Executive Board service and her extensive experience teaching chess in the curriculum to elementary students.

Chess for peace and for historical understanding. Dr. Mikhail Korenman, USCF Scholastic Council member and FIDE International Organizer, speaks for 30 minutes on how chess has brought together political leaders from Russia and the United States. Additionally, Dr. Korenman discusses how to teach history through chess.

Chess, Math, and Extended Response Curriculum. John Buky, Chicago Public Schools teacher, speaks for 30 minutes on how chess has been successfully integrated into Lloyd School's Instructional Curriculum and its impact on students and teachers.

Emphasizing Academic Potential Over Academic Outcomes: A More Authentic Argument for Chess in Education. Dr. Joseph Eberhard has taught chess to students K-3 through 12th grade for the last 10 years in South Texas. When proponents of chess in education emphasize academic outcomes rather than academic potential, there is a risk of turning chess into a "program." Dr. Eberhard presents for one hour his research on the impact of chess instruction on academic potential, which, when coupled with a realistic understanding of school district objectives and program development, will redirect the dialogue on how to authentically make chess part of the educational landscape.

Chess as a tool for educators to develop students' critical thinking skills. The creator of Think Like A King (TLAK) School Chess Software System, Dr. Steve Lipschultz, presents for one hour about how TLAK combines basic principles of human cognition and educational psychology in order to overcome the traditional barriers to learning chess. TLAK is a comprehensive, easily implemented, and scalable solution that allows any school, district, or city to create an environment where large numbers of children are attracted to chess as a school sport.

Teaching chess with computers. Javier Pinedo, elementary school chess teacher and coach at Rowland Hall-St. Marks private school in Salt Lake City, discusses for one hour the impact of teaching with computer chess programs.

Creating, Presenting, and Delivering High Quality Chess Presentations, Print Handouts, and Training Materials for the Non-Graphics Artist. F. Leon Wilson, chess instructor and coach with 11 years of experience, demonstrates how to utilize computer chess software such as chess databases, chess playing programs, tournament pairing software, presentation products, and audio-visual equipment (including White boards, LCD projectors, and computers) to enhance the chess teaching and learning experience.

Chess: bridging cultures and uniting people. David Heiser, President of the Renaissance Knights Foundation in Chicago, discusses for 30 minutes how the foundation uses chess to transcend nationality, ethnic identity, race, and gender.

Chess and the development of leadership skills in children. Dr. Kiran Frey, psychiatrist, speaks for 30 minutes about her program, which has been organized to combine chess, philanthropy, and the human spirit.

Using Chess in a Counseling/Mentoring Approach for Students. Fernando Moreno, School Counselor MCPS, describes his counseling and mentoring approach that uses chess to address several internal assets: values, positive identity, and educational and social competencies. A directory of chess positions which correlate to students' real-life experiences will be presented, and workshop participants will have the opportunity to practice the approach during this one hour session.

Book signing. Dr. Alexey Root, senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas, sells copies of her 2006 book Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators during the morning breaks on August 7th and 8th. She presents a talk about her online courses for educators at the FIDE Trainers Seminar August 5-6, at the same location as the August 7-8 Chess in Education workshop.


The United States Chess Federation (USCF), founded in 1939, serves as the governing body for chess in the United States and is now headquartered in Crossville, Tennessee. USCF is devoted to extending the role of chess in American society. It promotes the study and knowledge of the game of chess, for its own sake as an art and enjoyment, and as a means for the improvement of society. The USCF is a not-for-profit membership organization nearing 90,000 members. For additional information on the USCF see: