Chess and Maths puzzles to use in the classroom.
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Why can’t the rook reach the opposite corner?
To present this problem in the most entertaining way, ask the class to find a route from a1 to a8 on a normal chessboard. The task is impossible but expect a lot of creative but false reasons why this is so.
A challenge exploring tiling patterns on the chessboard.
This is a puzzle for children aged 10 and above working in pairs or more. They are presented with a problem to solve. Although it may seem difficult to solve when first presented, by working systematically through a series of simple steps it is possible to find several solutions.
If you want to learn more about how to use these exercises in the classroom, please see the
ECU Certificated ECU102 – Teaching Mathematics through Chess Training Course