This course will mix basic instruction, guided practice, motivating activities, and an introduction to tournament play. The instructor, Alvin Hamilton, has been playing chess for over half a century and is a B-rated United States Chess Federation member as well as a certified tournament director. He has taught hundreds of people to play the game and directed many tournaments. Locally, he founded the Danbury Area Scholastic Chess League over 30 years ago and served as its president for over 15 years.
Quite aside from how much fun it can be, chess is a game that develops thinking skills like adhering to rules, strategizing, exercising patience and self-discipline, counting, assessing risk and reward, recognizing patterns, attending to details, and knowing when to opportunistically deviate from accepted norms. It is also a competitive endeavor, calling for a fighting spirit, sportsmanship, and resilience. Kids who study chess are known to improve their GPAs and their self-confidence.
St. Luke’s School is a secular private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving 25 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.