I would like to introduce my readers to Yamie Chess® (https://www.yamiechess.com/), a fun way for children and young adults to learn both chess and essential school subjects like math and science. This new and entertaining approach has never been attempted before, but it’s becoming well known and endorsed by a few big names in chess. Let’s take a closer look.
What is Yamie Chess®?
In short, it’s an illustrated comic book filled with educational material instead of laser guns and fist fights. Kids will follow Kimi, a chess genius trying to save an entire world, as he goes on different adventures. They will also be introduced to Tigermore, Little Bu, King Vigdor, and a slew of other fascinating characters as they progress through the program.
Besides basic and advanced chess, participants will also learn mathematics, history, science, and general life lessons! And it won’t bore them like many textbooks will; Yamie Chess® is setup ingeniously to entertain and inform. Though it isn’t intended to replace textbooks or classical learning, Yamie Chess® makes for a wonderfully fun supplement.
Who can benefit from Yamie Chess®?
In short? Anyone. It is advertised for kids from kindergarten to the eighth grade, but as you parents probably already know, adults can often use a brush up, as well. And if you don’t know how to play chess or it has been years since you learned and played, it can be a great way to gain knowledge of the game and interact with your children.
Learn in black and white
The meaning is twofold. Chess, a game that classically utilizes black and white pieces on black and white squares, is introduced masterfully in the 260-page educational comic. Basic elements such as piece movement and capturing are covered, as well as advanced themes like strategy and long-term planning.
The comic book itself is also black and white. Why? Because it doubles as a coloring book for the younger kids. I personally thought this feature was amazingly well thought out. As any parent surely realizes, children can get burnt out on learning quickly, even if it’s fun, but they can color for hours. Another stroke of brilliance from the good folks at Yamie Chess®.
Who endorses Yamie Chess®?
This is where it gets good. Renowned International Master (IM) and author Jeremy Silman has wonderful things to say about Yamie Chess®. He is responsible for a few of the most popular chess books in the world, including The Complete Book of Chess Strategy, The Amateur’s Mind, How To Reassess Your Chess, and Silman’s Complete Endgame Course. Just about every player old enough to read owns at least two of those books.
One quote on Jeremy Silman’s review page really stuck out to me:
I highly recommend Yamie Chess: The Adventures of Tigermore & The Mind Angels. When a child learns how to play chess, adds a lot to his/her science education, and has a wonderful time walking through a rich fantasy world, you can’t go wrong!
Coming from a world-famous chess master and author, I’d say that’s a heck of an endorsement. You can find his full review here:
Woman Grandmaster (WGM) Jennifer Shahade also loves Yamie Chess®. She’s highly successful in the chess world. On top of achieving the WGM title, she’s also the author of acclaimed book Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport. She also created a chess-based reality show and co-founded 9 Queens, a group that helps young girls with chess improvement and confidence. On top of all that, she works as an editor for the United States Chess Federation (USCF) at http://www.uschess.org/.
Her personal site: http://www.jennifershahade.com/
So we aren’t talking about small-name nobodies. These are major chess gurus who are extremely famous within the chess world for their accomplishments both in the game and as authors and teachers. And they love Yamie Chess®.
Where can I learn more about Yamie Chess®?
The folks at Yamie Chess® have set up a few pages that extensively go over the activity, its benefits, how it’s setup, glowing endorsements, etcetera. I’ve compiled a list of them below so you can really sink your teeth in if you so desire.
Yamie Chess® links:
Patrick Jones on Yamie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mj8-g1w7D-s