Chess Scene of Central Ohio

Chess Scene of Central Ohio


[ MUSIC ]>>THIS IS A KNIGHT. IT HAS THE ABILITY TO DELIVER CHECKMATE ALL BY ITSELF. THE KNIGHT IS AN INTERESTING PIECE BECAUSE IT HAS THE ABILITY TO MOVE IN “L” SHAPES. ONE UP TWO OVER. IT ALSO HAS THE ABILITY TO JUMP OVER A PIECE. ONE OVER TWO DOWN. AND BECAUSE IT CAN MOVE IN “L” SHAPES IT CAN GO ONE DOWN AND TWO OVER AND CAPTURE THIS PAWN.>>I AM A MATH TEACHER. I TEACH IN THE UPPER SCHOOLS SO GEOMETRY, STATISTICS, ALGEBRA II. AND I’M ALSO THE CHESS COACH HERE. OUR CLUB MEETS EVERY DAY AT LUNCH AND SO I PUT OUT THE CHESS BOARDS AND MOST DAYS THE STUDENTS JUST CAN GO AND PLAY EACH OTHER. AS A COACH IT’S IMPORTANT TO KIND OF COVER THINGS THAT THEY’RE GOING TO SEE IN TOURNAMENTS. OR JUST GENERAL IDEAS. SO TODAY WE’RE GOING TO WORK ON THE ENDGAME. BUT THERE’S ALSO TIMES LIKE WHEN WE’RE PREPARING FOR TOURNAMENTS WE’LL ALL PLAY A TACTIC OR LIKE KIND OF LIKE A CHESS PUZZLE ON THE BOARD AND THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE NEXT BEST DEFENSIVE MOVES ARE. WHETHER THAT’S THAT THEY’RE GOING TO WIN A PIECE OR GET CHECKMATE. AND REALLY DOING TACTICS HELPS YOU SEE AND ARE ABLE TO PLAN AHEAD MORE AND TO COME UP WITH A BETTER STRATEGY. SO HE WAS THERE HERE AND MAKES YOU GO HERE. OKAY LET’S TRY THAT. TODAY I HAVE A POSITION FROM THE US CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS WHICH WENT ON THIS PAST COUPLE WEEKS. AND SO THE BEST PLAYERS FROM THE UNITED STATES PLAYED AND SO YOU COULD GO ONLINE AND LIKE WATCH THEIR GAMES. I FOUND A POSITION — AN ENDGAME POSITION WHERE IT WAS A DRAW BUT I WANT TO SEE IF ONE OF THEM CAN PULL OUT A WIN OR IF IT WILL BE A DRAW.>>THIS IS A ROOK. ORIGINALLY IT WAS NAMED A CASTLE BECAUSE IT’S SUCH A STRONG PIECE. A ROOK IS A VERY STRONG PIECE BECAUSE IT HAS THE ABILITY TO MOVE ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE BOARD WHETHER IT BE VERTICALLY OR HORIZONTALLY. AND IT CAN ALSO MOVE JUST ONE SQUARE OR TWO SQUARES. IT CAN’T MOVE HOWEVER TO THIS SQUARE BECAUSE IT’S NOT ALLOWED TO JUMP OVER A PIECE. WHETHER THAT BE YOUR OWN PIECE OR YOUR OPPONENT’S PIECE. HOWEVER IT’S CERTAINLY POSSIBLE THAT IT COULD MOVE TO THIS SQUARE AND TAKE THE PAWN.>>SO THIS IS CHESS IN THE PARK RUN BY LOU FRISCOE WHO ORGANIZES CENTRAL CHESS CLUB. AND I’VE BEEN A PART OF THIS CLUB NOW FOR OVER THREE YEARS. I MOVED HERE FROM MANHATTAN WHICH ALSO HAS GREAT CHESS. AND SO WHAT WE’RE DOING HERE TODAY IS AN OPEN TOURNAMENT. ANYONE IS ALLOWED TO COME AND PLAY AS LONG AS YOU HAVE UNITED STATES CHESS FEDERATION IDENTIFICATION. AND YOU CAN JUST SET UP YOUR TABLES, YOUR BOARDS, YOUR CLOCKS AND YOU KNOW THE RULES AND THEN YOU GET TO PLAY ANYBODY YOU WANT AND IF YOU’RE LUCKY IT’S YOUR DAY. YOU WIN THE PRIZE AND YOU WALK HOME WITH 100 BUCKS. WELL I STARTED WHEN I WAS JUST A LITTLE KID. AND I LIKE TO TELL PEOPLE THAT IN SOME SENSE I’M ALREADY BETTER THAN BOBBY FISCHER BECAUSE HE LEARNED TO PLAY CHESS WHEN HE WAS SIX BUT I LEARNED HOW TO PLAY WHEN I WAS FIVE. THE THING THAT MAKES US SIMILAR IS THAT WE BOTH TAUGHT OURSELVES. AND SO AFTER THAT I PLAYED ALL THROUGH LIFE AND NOW A FEW DECADES LATER I’M STILL PLAYING HERE IN COLUMBUS. I THINK COLUMBUS CHESS IS JUST OUTSTANDING. BECAUSE FOR A MEDIUM SIZED CITY THAT WE’VE GOT HERE YOU CAN GO TO THE PARK AND PLAY CHESS, YOU CAN GO TO CHESS CAMPS WITH TONS OF KIDS AND ADULTS PLAYING CHESS. AND THEN YOU’VE GOT A WHOLE NETWORK OF COACHES THAT ARE WILLING TO GIVE PRIVATE LESSONS AS WELL AS CLUBS IN THE AREA METROPOLIS. SO THE CHESS CLUBS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE IN COLUMBUS. NOT ONLY IN THE CITY PROPER BUT ALSO ON THE OUTER BELT.>>THIS IS THE QUEEN. IT’S THE MOST POWERFUL PIECE ON THE BOARD AND IF YOU SACRIFICE IT AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME IT CAN OFTEN BE THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS. THE QUEEN IS PERHAPS THE STRONGEST PIECE ON THE BOARD BECAUSE IT HAS THE ABILITY TO MOVE AS MANY SQUARES AS IT LIKES VERTICALLY OR HORIZONTALLY BUT ALSO DIAGONALLY.>>ONE OTHER THING IS YOU’RE GOING TO PLAY WITH CLOCKS. EACH PERSON GETS TEN MINUTES WITH A FIVE SECOND DELAY. WHEN I FIRST STARTED TEACHING AT WELLINGTON I BROUGHT SOME KIDS OVER TO ONE OF THE TOURNAMENTS AND ONE OF THE SECTION MONITORS WAS MY OLD FRIEND FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL WHO I HAD KNOWN PLAYING CHESS. AND SO WE TALKED FOR ABOUT AN HOUR BOTH SAYING THAT WE WANTED CHESS TO BE MORE WIDESPREAD THROUGHOUT COLUMBUS. AND WE STARTED A NONPROFIT WHOSE MISSION IS TO GET STUDENTS PLAYING ESPECIALLY FROM THE INNER CITY SCHOOLS TO PLAY CHESS.>>SO WE’RE AT THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB. WE HAD DONE A PARTNERSHIP WITH THEM THROUGH UNITED WAYS NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERSHIP GRANT. MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR ALL THESE KIDS TO PARTICIPATE FOR FREE. SO WE HAVE KIDS FROM THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AND SOME KIDS FROM OUTSIDE THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB THAT ARE HERE PARTICIPATING IN OUR CHESS CAMP. OUR WEEK LONG SUMMER CHESS CAMP AND WE’RE GLAD TO HAVE THEM HERE.>>OKAY WHAT DO YOU DO AT THE BEGINNING OF EVERY GAME? SHAKE YOUR HANDS. YOU SHAKE YOUR OPPONENT’S HANDS. EVERYBODY SHAKE HANDS. I THINK ONE OF THE MISCONCEPTIONS IS THAT — THAT I’VE HEARD AT LEAST AND LIKE FROM STUDENTS YOU KNOW. LIKE OH I’M LIKE NOT SMART ENOUGH TO PLAY CHESS. AND I THINK THAT IS A TOTAL MISCONCEPTION I THINK. ANYBODY WHO IS INTERESTED IN THE GAME CAN PICK IT UP. AND JUST LIKE ANYTHING ELSE IN LIFE THE MORE YOU STUDY AND THE MORE YOU DO IT THE BETTER YOU GET.>>EDUCATIONALLY SPEAKING PARENTS WANT THEIR KIDS TO BE CRITICAL THINKERS. TEACHERS WANT IT. OUR COMMUNITY WANTS IT. SO CHESS FORCES YOU TO CRITICALLY THINK. THINK BEFORE YOU MOVE. EACH MOVE HAS A POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCE LIKE IN LIFE. EACH LIFE DECISION HAS A POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCE. WE WANT TO GROW THEM INTO LEADERS USING THOSE SAME PRINCIPLES IN LEADERSHIP AND OTHER — WHEREVER THEY WANT TO GO. CHESS — THE POWER OF CHESS CAN DO THAT FOR CHILDREN.

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