GM Maurice Ashley
About the Instructor
Maurice Ashley lives his passion. Through his love for chess, he not only made history as the first African-American International grandmaster in the annals of the game but he has managed to translate his love to others as a national championship coach, world-class commentator, tournament organizer, author, iPhone app designer, puzzle inventor, and motivational speaker.
Maurice has travelled the world as an ardent spokesperson of the character building effects of chess. Coming from the rough and tough streets of Kingston, Jamaica and Brooklyn, New York, Maurice has tirelessly shared his compelling story with young people in the schools of Ferguson, Missouri, the townships of Cape Town, South Africa and the poverty stricken jungles of Belize, Central America. His book, Chess for Success crystallizes his vision of the many benefits of chess, particularly for at-risk youth, and he continuously spreads his message of living one's dream to universities, businesses, chess clubs and nonprofit organizations around the globe.
Maurice is known for his work commentating on the biggest chess events in the world including the World Chess Championships, the US Chess Championships, the Grand Chess Tour and the legendary Man vs. Machine matches between Garry Kasparov and IBM’s Deep Blue. He is the co-organizer of the Millionaire Chess Open, the highest stakes Open chess tournament in history.
His app, Learn chess! With Maurice Ashley, has been sold in over 30 countries, and he has received multiple community service awards from city government, universities, and community groups for his work. In recognition for his immense contribution the game, Maurice was inducted into the US Chess Hall of Fame on April 13, 2016.
Teresa Parr, Ph.D.
Teresa Parr has dedicated her career to improving the lives of children and families. She has spent years working with families and children of all ages in a variety of therapeutic, educational, medical, and research settings. She consults, trains and speaks on a variety of topics in the fields of education and psychology including, but not limited to, the benefits of chess and implementation of the MATCH Chess Curriculum. In 2007, Dr. Parr partnered with GM Maurice Ashley to amplify the benefits of his chess knowledge, experience and innovative training methods with her expertise in psychology and education. In this context, she has focused on methods for engaging children with diverse interests, skills and backgrounds, emphasizing those aspects of chess thought to improve specific academic and life skills, and improving generalization by integrating other subjects into the chess curriculum. In addition to collaborating on content development, she manages the print and digital publication processes and general business operations. Dr. Parr's doctorate is in clinical psychology. Her undergraduate and graduate work were completed at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her clinical internship was completed at the University of North Carolina Medical School at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation was in the field of behavioral genetics, and her scholarly writing has been published in book chapters and research articles in the field of psychology. In addition to her work on the curriculum, Dr. Parr is an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also collaborates with other researchers, schools and community organizations to conduct studies the potential benefits of chess for improving academic and behavioral performance.
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CHESS IS NOT JUST A GAME
It is an interactive, mind expanding tool for teaching people how to think critically, analyze deeply, and solve problems effectively. It has been used for over 1,500 years all around the world by kings and queens, athletes and entertainers, philosophers and politicians and by parents and teachers to better train and develop the human mind to reach its maximum potential. It has been used by schools in over 30 countries to help teach effective decision-making, foster self-esteem, enhance concentration and promote academic success.
With unique and proven instructional methods combined with latest technology on a dynamic platform, this site will teach chess to the next generation in an engaging and captivating way.
Complex concepts are broken down into digestible bits that students master one at a time through engaging activities that are fun in their own right. As each idea is mastered, students will be able to combine the concepts more effectively once they start playing full chess games.
Interactive games challenge students in a fun way so that learning takes place without them even knowing it. The games are built in such a way to strengthen key skills in all areas preparing the students not just to become better chess players but to transfer the skills to school and to life.
Our curriculum develops those aspects of chess thought to improve the cognitive skills kids need to be successful in our rapidly changing world. While the focus on content is important, we emphasize critical thinking, multiple ways of solving problems, thinking ahead, understanding other people’s perspectives and developing persistence and determination.
Teaching chess can be hard to manage if you aren’t a strong player. Our curriculum uses a well-tested slideshow format to eliminate the need for flipping back and forth in a chess book or arranging complicated diagrams on a demonstration board. All you need to know is right there on the screen. No need to spend hours on detailed planning. The work has already been done for you. The lesson plan and sample schedule are at your fingertips.
Still don’t think you can do it? We have tested and revised the curriculum many times with people just like you who have little to no previous experience with chess. But don’t take our word for it. Click on the video below to hear from one of our teachers.
Do you want to integrate chess into your classroom, start a chess club, teach a few kids, or run a full-fledged chess program? Everything you need is here. Short, engaging lessons. Clear video and written instructions. Easy tracking method. Integrated connections to academic subjects. Fun homework and enrichment activities. All so you can focus on what you do best: engaging students.
LEVEL 1 & 1A
This course includes access to all of the units in starter course as well as all 18 central units and supplementary units included in Level 1 and 1A (click here for scope - scroll up or down for more information on the full package). All online training videos and Teacher and Student Manual pdfs are also included.
If you signed up for the free trial, you will have received a code to purchase this course for over 1/3 off. If you'd like to purchase without signing up for the free trial, please contact us to get the code.
By subscribing to the Free Starter Course and this course, you will have immediate access to Units 1-4. Within 72 hours, you will receive information on how to login to the complete site.
The complete site is set up a little differently so we recommend that you start by touring the site using the Quick Start Guide (available once you login - blue box, right side of screen).
Please note that the free course will only be available for 30 days after you sign up for it. However, these units are a part of the standard curriculum, so, by purchasing this course (Level 1 and 1A), they will be available to you as long as you maintain a current-paid subscription to levels 1 and 1A.