About chess

It`s impossible to say when exactly this ancient game was created, but it is believed that chess originated about 2,000 years ago in India. At the beginning the name of the game was “Chaturanga” meaning having four different parts, probably because it was the term for the army which consisted of four military corps, and figures have been divided according to the composition and origin of the Indian army at that time: infantry, cavalry, elephants and combat chariots; in the middle were located Rajah (the king) and his councillor Mantrin (todays Queen). Figures were moved by throwing a dice. Chaturanga was accepted by the Persians in 6th century and by Arabs in 7th century. Arabian term for the chess is “Chatrange”. Chatrange is a modified version of chatarunga because the figures were no longer moved by throwing the dice but the figures were moved with logic and resourcefulness of the player. Thanks to the Persians and Arabs the game was spread in Europe during 8th and 9th century. Over time, the game has changed; the elephants were replaced with bishops and combat chariots with rooks. During 15th century in Italy the game was significantly modified and these changes make todays chess different from the Arabian game chatrange. In the centuries to come, there have been several modifications (castling, promotion of pawns, en passant) and the present form of chess was adopted only in 19th century. Word checkmate is of Persian origin and it means “the king is dead”.

It has been proven that children who play chess achieve better results in school. Chess practicing children develop: patience, concentration, visualisation, creativity, abstract thinking, intuition, independent decision-making, tendency to plan and capability to accept defeat, etc. Medical research has shown that regular chess playing improves the activity of brain cells and delays their aging. Because of that, people who play chess have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer`s and Parkinson`s disease.

Advantages and disadvantages of different ways of training  

Disadvantages of the training in chess clubs and chess schools:

– Slower, more expensive and inefficient way to work
– Group work (lower efficiency because the trainer cannot be maximally committed to only one student)
– Issues related to room (many chess clubs do not have their own premises and use someone else’s premises for playing their matches)
– Worry about where your child is and when it will be back from training
– Transportation costs (travelling to the training location as well as return)
– Time lost for preparation, travelling and return from training

Advantages of online training:

– The fastest, cheapest and most efficient way of work
– Individual work (maximal attention and commitment of the trainer to the student and vice versa)
– There are no issues regarding the room (no need for additional premises)
– You always know where your child is
– No transportation costs
– Saving time
– You are able to learn and play chess no matter where you are, practically anywhere (in the comfort of your home, but also if you go on a trip)