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Monday, 28 May 2012
Playing Chess at School Improves Learning

chessAccording to America’s Foundation for Chess, an organization that promotes the use of chess in the schools, this age-old game is an ideal learning tool. When children are around age 8 or 9, the brain’s analytical abilities are developing rapidly, and playing chess seems to stimulate this development. In any case, studies show that children who play chess do better in most of their school subjects.

Making a good move in chess exercises not only children’s logical reasoning ability, but also their working memory, spatial intelligence, ability to make predictions, as well as their self-confidence. But the most valuable trait that chess develops in children is motivation, because it gets them to enjoy thinking.

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  1. Asdffdsa says:

    Yes.Threefold repetition rule:if an ieintdcal position has just occurred three times with the same player to move, or will occur after the player on turn makes his move, the player on move may claim a draw (to the arbiter). In such a case the draw is not automatic a player must claim it if he wants the draw. When the position will occur for the third time after the player’s intended next move, he writes the move on his scoresheet but does not make the move on the board and claims the draw. Article 9.2 states that a position is considered ieintdcal to another if the same player is on move, the same types of pieces of the same colors occupy the same squares, and the same moves are available to each player; in particular, each player has the same castling and en passant capturing rights. (A player may lose his right to castle; and an en passant capture is available only at the first opportunity.) If the claim is not made on the move in which the repetition occurs, the player forfeits the right to make the claim. Of course, the opportunity may present itself again.The fifty-move rule:if in the previous fifty moves by each side, no pawn has moved and no capture has been made, a draw may be claimed by either player. Here again, the draw is not automatic and must be claimed if the player wants the draw. If the player whose turn it is to move has made only 49 such moves, he may write his next move on the scoresheet and claim a draw. As with the threefold repetition, the right to claim the draw is forfeited if it is not used on that move, but the opportunity may occur again.Abiding by these rules, there are an infinite number of possible moves and, consequently, an infinite number of different possible chess games.In reality, if you were about to lose you would, of course, use the 50 move or the 3fold rule and claim a draw.When calculating how many possible different games of chess there are, another rule would have to be included in order to get a finite number. For example, by changing the 3fold rule so that the game ends automatically.