Chess with its black-and-white chequered board and 32 pieces will soon be the only thing that the 94-year-old war veteran Vilho Lifländer can remember from his colourful life. I can hear my opponent on the other side of the board smacking his lips and quietly mumbling to himself. I opened …
Nothing that is learned under compulsion stays with the mind. . . .
Do not, then, my friend, keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play.
(Plato, The Republic)
“What we make of the future is defined not only by our past but by how well we understand and make use of that past. Our pasts create a map not only of where we come from, but of where we are going. But the most wondrous thing about this map is that it is not engraved in stone. With insight and effort we can shape it to our will.”
(Kasparov, How Life Imitates Chess)
We are holding a seminar on teaching strategy games at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge on 1st October 2016. It brings together leading experts to exchange ideas about the best ways to teach chess, go and backgammon. These games are associated with higher “thinking skills” but there has been little systematic …