How it Works - First Move Chess -First Move Chess


How it Works

Implementing First Move
Implementing First Move™

First Move is taught by The Chess Lady® through an easy-to-use online platform. Educators facilitate the hands-on, group learning activities. It works in a classroom setting or for out-of-school programs that want strong educational tools.

Critical and Creative
Critical and Creative Thinking Skills

Students learn to analyze, plan, and execute on the chessboard and in life. Learning to focus, think ahead, work through a multi-step problem and collaborate are important skills in all environments.

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Easy and Engaging

The lessons are taught by The Chess Lady® online with built-in activities and assessment. It was designed so teachers don’t need to know how to play chess to be successful. Students are engaged and actively participate in activities, without realizing how much they are learning.

Meets Academic Standards
Meets Academic Standards

It’s not about Kings, Queens and Rooks; but rather quadrants, coordinates, analysis and planning. First Move is targeted to the academic standards of second and third graders, although it can be used across multiple grade levels.

Success is Built-in
Success is Built-In

Students (and teachers) may think an activity looks difficult, but if they follow the directions, they will “win.” This helps develop confidence to take on challenges in school, sports, and life.

Boy Learning
Skills Transfer Beyond Chess

First Move is cross-curricular with ties to math, reading, history and science.

Research Shows the Benefits

First Move increases aptitude in both math and reading across all sub-groups.

Woo, 2009

Research Shows the Benefits

Chess education has a substantial positive effect on analytical thinking skills which are important in math, engineering, and the physical sciences. The impact was particularly strong among girls.

Smith and Sullivan, 1997

Research Shows the Benefits

The visible effect of these processes is a transfer of chess ability to higher attention and problem solving ability that led to an appreciable increase in mathematics skills of the children.

Trinchero, 2013

Research Shows the Benefits

Children who learn chess at an early age achieve more in the maths and sciences. Chinese, European and American research all find significant correlation of values after just one year of systematic chess exposure. The most striking benefits are those associated with problem solving and creativity.

Langen, 1992