August is a good time for children to start adventures on the chessboard with a story that has chess as the main character.
Chess is practiced in the world by 650 million people. It is a pure strategy game that consumes large doses of glucose by forcing our main muscle, the brain, to perform at its best. It is also tactics, patience, talent, concentration, mentality, attitude and planning. Its value as a pedagogical tool is recognized by UNESCO, which recommends its introduction in school curricula because it teaches thinking and generates positive habits in schoolchildren. So they do in several schools in El Prat, the city where the tournament El Llobregat Open Chess, the highest level held that year in Spain, premiered in 2019.
The next edition will be held from November 30 to December 8 in Castelldefels with more than 25,000 euros in prizes, and yesterday 47 players from 21 countries, mostly international masters and grandmasters, were registered. The organization has announced the presence of world champion Anatoli Karpov, who has won the most tournaments in history.
Also promoting the tournament will be Anna Muzychuk, a grandmaster who gained notoriety in 2017 when she refused to play in Saudi Arabia “out of principle” in defense of women and lost the chance to renew her world championship title.
This sport is experiencing a moment of enhancement among young people after the success of the ‘Queen’s Gambit’. Hence, RBA has released the first illustrated album for children ‘Viaje al país del ajedrez’, by Shia Green with illustrations by Patri de Pedro.
August is a good time for children to start adventures on the chessboard with a story that has chess as the main character. They will discover a beautiful game while learning to strategize, make decisions and develop concentration and observation. Until now, there was no story on the market about this sport aimed at children that also explained its basic rules. A masterstroke for parents.