Chess and Mathematics

First Rank is a fortnightly term-time newsletter for everyone interested in chess for education. In this issue, we present an early view of the recently concluded Erasmus+ CHAMPS which developed an innovative approach to teaching mathematics through the medium of chess.  The material will form the basis for an ECU Chess and Maths course for primary teachers …

World’s first Chess and Mathematics Training Course

There are several reasons for adopting chess and mathematics exercises. Many mathematics problems can be presented on the chessboard. This suits many children who feel comfortable working with chess themes. As with all game-based learning, games, even mathematical games are fun. The major advantage for teachers is that very little chess knowledge is required – actually you don’t have to know anything about chess except how the pieces move. Ultimately the purpose of the course is to provide attendees with instructive, classic, fun problems that children enjoy.