José Raúl Capablanca was a Cuban chess player and was the World Champion from 1921 to 1927. He was known as the "Human Chess Machine" for his legendary endgame, accuracy, and the simplicity and speed of his play. Capablanca was the second best player in the world after Bobi Fisher. What made Capablanca exceptional and number two instead of number one in the world is that he became a chess champion without books.
Chess has been played for over 1500 years. IT originated in northern India in the 6th century AD and spread to Persia. When the Arabs conquered Persia, chess was taken up by the Muslim world and subsequently, through the Moorish conquest of Spain, spread to Southern Europe.

CAPABLANCA PAWNS (BEGINNERS)

•How to set up the board and move the pieces

•How to Capture

•Value of the Pieces

•Opening Principles

•Elementary Tactics and Strategy

•How to Checkmate

•How to Read and Write Chess Notation

•Rules of the game

CAPABLANCA KNIGHTS (INTERMEDIATE)

•Opening Principles

•Space

•Using the Chess Clock

•Positional Play

•Tactics and Combinations

•Strategy

•How to Analyze a Position

•Opening Repertoire

Our program will teach your child to strategically play this wonderful sport that will have unlimited benefits in their academic life and future by TRAINING THEM TO:

•Concentrate and memorize

•Visualize a sequence of moves and shift pieces in their mind

•Think ahead the consequence of their actions

•Critically think by identifying and evaluating alternatives

•Develop goals and lean how to achieve them

•Juggle multiple considerations simultaneously

•Solve problems

Concentration and memory - Children are taught the benefits of careful observation and concentration.

Visualizing - Children are trained to imagine a sequence of actions before it happens. We strengthen the ability to visualize by training them to shift the chess pieces in their mind several moves ahead.

Thinking Ahead - Children are trained to think first, then act. We teach them to ask themselves "If I do this, what might happen then, and how can I respond?" Over time, chess helps develop patience and thoughtfulness.

Reading and math skills- Children are trained in problem solving and move variables. Studies have proven that chess can improve a student’s math and reading skills.

Critical Thinking- Children are trained to identify alternatives and consider the pros and cons of various actions. They learn to evaluate the results of specific actions and sequences.

Thinking Abstractly - Children are taught to step back periodically from details and consider the bigger picture.

Planning - Children are taught to develop longer-range goals and take steps toward bringing them about. They are also taught of the need to reevaluate their plans as new developments change the situation.

Juggling Multiple Considerations Simultaneously -Children are encouraged not to become overly absorbed in any one consideration, but to try to weigh various factors all at once.

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Yaimy Chávez is a US Chess Federation Certified Chess Coach. She started playing chess when she was 7 years old in Cuba. She played in the Old Havana Scholastic Chess Team from age 7 to age 13 and was the female Team Board #1 for several years. She graduated top of her class in her high school in Havana, Cuba, and came to the US when she was 18. She graduated with honors from Miami-Dade College with an Associate in Arts in 2001, graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami with her Bachelors in Business Administration in 2003, and graduated from FIU with an Executive Masters in Taxation in 2008.  Today Yaimy is a Certified Public Accountant with over 13 years of experience. She attributes her academic and professional success to this great sport she started playing in second grade, which turned her from a C-student into an A-student.

“Chess, the sport of the mind had an extraordinarily positive impact in my life, and I would like to pass my passion in the sport to other kids and all the benefits I believe that chess offers. Go with chess from C to A”.

Benefits of Chess

Chess is a fascinating game, which can be played and enjoyed at all levels. Recent educational research indicates evidence of a strong positive correlation between chess and student academic performance. The practical application of the skills learned while playing chess are the same skills necessary for academic excellence:

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CONCENTRATION

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PATTERN RECOGNITION

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GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP

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CRITICAL THINKING

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ANALYSIS

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CREATIVITY

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PROBLEM SOLVING

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SYNTHESIS

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COMPETITION

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STRATEGIC PLANNING

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EVALUATION