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Project Checkmate covered by Chessbase India

Project Checkmate! The ten-year-old boy sat at the chessboard lost in thought, pondering his next move. He noticed his opponent's eyes oscillating between the chess board and his own face. This young boy was already thinking about the future and was sensing the environment around his position, and was even observing his adversary — all the skills one needs to possess, not only on the chess board but in life as well. Curiously, he didn't even know the rules of chess a month back.
Chess, time and again, has proved to be an ideal educational tool for children to develop skills that are useful in real life in more than one ways. The recent impetus that the concept of 'Chess in Schools' has gained is ensuring that chess spreads at the grassroots level. Indeed, it is a valuable education tool for school children. But what about underprivileged kids?
To fill this gap, I approached the NGO International Society of Human Welfare and Rehabilitation, short for ISHWAR, in Delhi a…

1st ISHWAR NGO Chess Tournament 2016

It was the first time that this kind of an event was held at the NGO. I was extremely excited and looked forward to organising a tournament for the very first time. I was amazed to see how excited the kids were to play with the clocks and participate in the tournament. I also got an opportunity to start the 'learning chess on a computer' for the students. It was a proud moment when the kids got to use a chess game CD on the computer for the very first time. They were eager to play on the computer and are now looking forward to practising regularly on it. The tournament and the project is now associated with 'Chess for Children with G.M. Tania Sachdev' and it gives me immense happiness that my project is being taken up by other chess players and promoters as well.
The tournament was a single round robin event and was played with the latest FIDE rules and the latest chess clocks. Each player played with the others in the tournament once. There were a total of 5 matches …

Discussion of the tournament

I held another training session at the NGO. Since the children had just returned from a tournament two days back I wanted to discuss with them all that they had learnt from it and their experiences. I also taught them about basic openings and their names. I showed them one of Mikhail Tal's masterpiece games and asked them their ideas about the game. I talked about strategy and planning and how to win a game. In this class new students joined as they were inspired by the ones who had played the tournament. I am now teaching five more children as well. It is amazing  to see how these kids can concentrate and focus so hard. It gives me some direction in my life as well. Even though I'm their teacher, I am still learning a lot from them. Just by teaching them I am also gaining some practice on my basics and I am learning how to teach and lead a team of young students.I am also proud about the donations that I have managed to collect for the NGO. Loads of books have paved the way …

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Delhi State Rapid Tournament 2016

The second day of the tournament was also an eventful one. The children played two more games and scored fairly well for their first tournament. I was proud of each of them after the tournament got over. One child even scored 3.5 points out of a possible 7 rounds which was a great start to things. I am now looking forward for their next tournament. Overall it was an amazing experience. The children enjoyed the two days spent at the tournament and it will be a moment to remember for them for life. I also spent time interacting and playing with the kids between the matches and we had a lot of fun together. I told them about the best players in the chess world and even asked them to write about their experiences. They also managed to make new friends and enjoyed themselves thoroughly. Their day was made even more exciting after each one of them was treated to an ice cream each in the peaking heat of the summer months in Delhi.
My experience was wonderful. I felt confident of handling an…

Delhi State Rapid Tournament with the NGO children

I took the students from the NGO for the Delhi State Rapid Tournament 2016. I picked them up from the NGO and gave them their new chess kits which were prepared by me. The chess kit consisted of a notebook, a pen, simple tips and tricks authored by me and a chess board with pieces. Each child got this kit which was sponsored from the pocket money that I had collected for a good purpose. The children also took with them the bags and bottles that I had given them earlier. They were extremely excited to play in their first tournament and that too a state one. The entire car ride till the venue was an eventful one. I gave the children some tips for the tournament and how they should play to their best capacity. It was a moment of pride for me when I saw the students play in the tournament. Each one of them was anxious before their first games as it was the first time that they were playing with a clock and against stiff opposition. However they managed to play their best and it gave me i…