For whom can chess really make a difference?
There is nothing so nice as having students listening to what you say with great interest. When it comes to chess this means academic skilled children that are predestined to study all along the road to high school and university. On the other hand we have all had experiences when it comes to teaching when it was difficult to reach the group, and the children had problems to be calm and to focus. But when this happens I have started to think that this means I can really make a difference and I work ever harder with all my teaching skills and tricks. Because if you can reach only one of these children that has got problems concentrating, and if you give them just a bit of self-confidence that they are smart as they can play chess, then you might have changed the bad road for them.
I believe that one of the most important things for chess in schools is to reach the weakest ones, and to help them in to the world of thinking. To be able to do this chess must take place in new contexts and the way we inspire and teach must also be developed.
Chair, ECU Education