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Chess course to be offered in January

The Basics & Strategies of Chess, a new non-credit course at WKU, is slated to be offered in January 2010.

This course will teach anyone, from novice to advanced players how to interpret each new position, understand motives of the opponent, and how to create plans for success. Anyone 8 years or older who is interested in the game of chess is encouraged to participate in the course.

Chess has been shown to have significant effects on children’s scholastic performance and IQ.  Chess also improves the mental health of adult participants. A 2003 study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that effortful mental activities such as playing chess may protect adults against the onset of dementia.

Students of this course will become proficient in skills such as making decisions, chess tactics, piece movement and proficiency, the rules of the game, and enhancing memory and calculation. Solving chess diagrams, analyzing positions and developing plans of attack will test proficiency of these concepts. Students will be engaged in class discussion and group work.

Classes will meet at the Faculty House on WKU’s campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 5-21 for a total of six sessions (dates are Jan. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21). Course fee is $65 per person. Students must have a tournament regulation chess set. Chess sets will be available for purchase from the instructor, if needed.

For information on the course and to download a registration form, visit the Continuing Education website at www.wku.edu/ce/chess or call (270) 745-1910.

Continuing Education is a unit of the Division of Extended Learning & Outreach (DELO) at WKU.

Contact: Stacey Biggs, (270) 745-1926.

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