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Chess Grand Master Babakuli Annakov is coming to McKinney Chess to teach the second summer camp at the McKinney Performing Arts Center on Aug. 12-16 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Students of all ages and abilities can learn about chess strategy, winning tactics and decisive checkmates. Chess is a lifelong skill that provides opportunities for confidence, social interactions, and for competitive chess players the opportunity to travel abroad since chess is played all over the world today.
Grand Master is the highest level of expertise, one that has achieved a great understanding of all the ideas in chess. McKinney Chess on the Square is excited to have Grand Master Babakuli Annakov as the instructor. The camp consists of four days of instruction and chess play, three hours a day and on the final day the students participate in a non-elimination chess tournament.
A chess board never fails to draw interest from bystanders. If there is a board set up, it will draw players and spectators alike. It’s because chess is fun! Chess also inspires self motivation and rewards hard work. There are many benefits of chess in developing brains that help emerging cognitive skills, improve concentration, memory, and problem solving skills. Chess is an ideal game for kids of all ages, but especially pre-teens and teenagers to play, where they can formulate a plan, execute and learn from repeating patterns.
In May 2014, chess players from around the country will gather in Dallas for the National Elementary K-6 Championship Tournament, where thousands of students will be competing for rating points and scholarships. Both the University of Texas and Texas Tech University offer over $100,000 in full ride chess scholarships every year for aspiring chess team members.
McKinney Chess also organizes chess clubs, lessons and tournaments in the community. Every level of chess lessons are offered, from learning the all the basic rules to advanced tactics for competitive play. During the school year, weekly lessons are offered Tuesday after school at the Imagine International Academy of North Texas at Virginia Parkway & Jordan. Throughout the year, you can bring your chess set to the downtown McKinney Library on Saturday mornings at 10:30am and you will find avid chess players willing to share their knowledge of chess over a friendly game.