In the 1990s I worked as a consultant for the Richmond Chess Initiative, promoting chess in schools in the Borough of Richmond Upon Thames.
If I were in the same role today, knowing what I know now, I’d instigate a three point plan designed to give more children and young people, especially those from a non-chess background, a lifelong interest in chess.
A quick summary:
- Promote minichess and simple strategy games in primary schools.
- Promote community chess clubs where anyone can come along and learn or play chess.
- Promote chess in secondary schools: not just for children who already play, but to introduce children to chess for the first time.
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