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I survived my chess CCA

When I got into education I knew right away I was not interested in teaching younger children. They frighten me. Trying to control a group of five year olds would feel like herding cats. When I found out I had a group of twenty five from first to third grade I was terrified.



The first day was a nightmare. I had no idea I was going to get so many younger players. I had to get inovative I handling so many very young chess players. They learned the very basics, but little else. I tried teaching relative position value (knight worth three and rook worth five), but that was sort of pointless. Even the concept of checkmate was too much. Successes we're playing musical chair chess (start music and go around in a circle, music stops and you sit at closest board to continue play) and giving small no cash prizes to winners in a tournament setting.


Thankfully the second go round after break were restricting players to fifth grade and up. Planning for this to be a bit more serious and we can learn some real chess focused on tactics improvement. Really looking forward to that. We'll have a mix of play and improvement. Hoping I can actually build some form of a team and then host a tournament that others schools might attend. We shall see.


I miss my chess program back at Meridian High School. I felt like I had built it into something consistent. We weren't great and winning many trophies, but we were respectable and made it to the state tournament every year. I still get the Whatcom County chess emails from Randy Kaech and I see that some of our players are doing well. Both Kylan and JP have seen their ratings accelerate quickly this year. That's not a surprise as each showed a strong interest in learning more about the game. If one of my Meridian clan reads this and sees them in the hallway please give each a high five.

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KYLAN PETERSON
KYLAN PETERSON
Dec 16, 2022

Im pretty excited for the January meet where we will most likely have everyone on the team, the meet we had this week was great but my brother was second table only because he won a few games at the Saturday Tournament. no need to say he didn't have a easy time :') . Anyway Im glad JP sent me your blog cause this is really cool!

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JP Singh
JP Singh
Dec 16, 2022

Wow looks like you’ll have more fun than last time then. I hope xou do get a team and a tournament going. Currently we in MHS have a team of 18 kids(most new to chess) and we have so far been pretty ok in our games. we have 5 points in the league so it’s fun. What’s more is that I funnily enough am in the A team which is good and bad at the same time because I am now playing players who are 15 1600 and losing to them while I am at 913 so it’s it’s going well even though I’ve lost my first two games. Anyways, we have had so far pretty good here. I think…

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JP Singh
JP Singh
Dec 16, 2022
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I do think so but there is a competition for it rn

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