Weiqi was introduced in Japan 1,200 to 1,400 years ago, reportedly by a Buddhist priest who had visited China. It seems to have shown up in Korea before Japan, but in Japan, the game was developed to its full potential. Weiqi was studied by Japan's warrior class and eventually institutionalized in four "Go houses", where families developed and passed down Go techniques in the same way that other Japanese families passed down their techniques of sword-making and other skills of craftsmanship. Go spread to all levels of society and by the 18th century, had attained a status equal to that of the famed tea ceremony. Today, in China, Weiqi has regained its prominence following the end of the Cultural Revolution. Many first class Weiqi professionals have emerged and won championships in competition with their counterparts in Japan and Korea.
Both Chess and Chinese Chess have had long histories. Students will learn and practice the basic rules and fundamental strategies at different stages of a game. As a result, students gain mental toughness, self-confidence and learn sportsmanship. Chess also helps to develop logical thinking, strategic planning and problem solving.
Basic Checkmates -- Remember: these checkmates are basic but not simple. Rook Roller, Rook and King vs. King, Queen and King vs. King, Two Bishops vs. King, Knight and Bishop vs. King
Chess in Chicago -- Comprehensive website about scholastic chess in Chicagosuch as tournament event schedules.
Teach Chess in 64 Mini Lessons -- Best interactive chess lessons for kids.
Play Yahoo Chess -- Best online chess playing website.
Simple Checkmates -- 202 checkmate puzzles. Always white to move. First 100 puzzles are one move checkmate. Next 102 puzzles are two move checkmate. The document is only available for students registered for chess classes at Ray Chinese School . To request a copy, please send email to Vincent Wu .
Chess Puzzles -- I have compiled around 1000 chess puzzles covering 1-4 move checkmate or tactics. The html documents are only available for students registered for chess classes at Ray Chinese School . To request a copy, please send email to Vincent Wu .
Chess DVD -- The most famous Susan Polgar's Winning Chess the Easy Way : Complete Series (Volume 1-5) are for advanced chess players to watch. The video series are only available for students registered for chess classes at Ray Chinese School . To borrow the copy, please send email to Vincent Wu .
Chess books covered in the classes: 1) Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev; 2) How to Beat Your Dad at Chess by Murray Chandler; 3) Chess Tactics for Kids by Murray Chandler
The Kindergarten class runs 50 minutes on Saturday. Children learn basic vocabularies including greetings, school activities, nature, animals, opposites etc. through games, stories and songs. Children also learn simple sentences through imitating and acting. Selected Chinese characters are introduced as part of the learning.
The first and second grade classes will run two of 50 minute periods on each Saturday. This program extends from the Kindergarten level and continue to emphasize on aural comprehension and speaking of sentences in daily life. Children will learn to read short form of stories. Writing simplified Chinese character will also be a part of the curriculum. In class activities include Animal of the Day, Food of the Day, Characters of the Day, and stories of the Day. Routine after school home work will be assigned and graded. Exams will be instructed at mid-semester and at the end of the semester.