When playing chess, you first have to know what all the pieces do and how they operate; then you have to be mindful In determining your next move, whilst always thinking ahead with an overall game plan. Health and wellness are similar; first, you need to know the rules of the game… that requires education; second, you have to be mindful.. that requires tools, and then you have to have an overall game plan… that requires knowing the strategies of the game pieces – your health strengths and weaknesses. As in chess, all the pieces of what a healthy lifestyle looks like has to be in concert with each other or you won’t advance.
Premier Chess, founded by National Master Evan Rabin, helps senior citizens of all levels via private and group lessons in homes, community centers and nursing homes, in-person and virtually. We have worked with a variety of organizations, including Village Care and the law firm Kramer Levin.
Here’s why senior citizens should learn chess:
-Chess can help keep their minds sharp and improve their memory.
-There is some research that chess can help prevent Alzheimers.
-It allows for students to remain creative, ensuring they continue to exercise the right side of their brains.
-Chess develops fine motor skills and can help individuals recover from strokes or disabilities.
We will customize class based on students’ goals, interests, skill levels etc; this is what a sample 60-minute class schedule would look like though:
-15 Minutes: Interactive Lesson
-15 Minutes: Activity Based on Lesson
-30 Minutes: Playing Lesson
Please contact CEO Evan Rabin at (917) 776-1306 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the possibility of scheduling lessons for senior citizens (or people of any age 3+).
by Adrienne Murphy,MA CCC-SLP, Founder of the Adrienne Process
It was a sheer delight to beinterviewed on April 24, 2020 by Evan Rabin, National Chess Master and CEO of Premier Chess. Evan manages chess programs for students of all ages and levels in the NYC area. In our podcast episode, Evan inquired, “How can your program, “The Adrienne Process” be useful for my students when teaching chess?” To answer this question more specifically, first, I will discuss what The Adrienne Process is and then outline the specific “Action Steps” and their application to the game of Chess.
I am a veteran Speech-Language Pathologist, Award-Winning Recording Artist and certified Healing Arts professional in the areas of yoga and energy work. The eight “Action Steps” of this program use the letters in the name, “ADRIENNE” as a pneumonic device or acronym, to delineate each step:
Attract the right “Support Team” to help your child with special needs.
Desire only the BEST for you and your child. Never settle.
Realize that your child’s growth/development is a journey and not a destination.
Intend consciously. Visualize the outcomes you want to happen for both you and your child.
Engage with your child at his/her own level through play, creativity and nature.
Become the “Observer” of your child’s behavior and not the “Reactor”
Nuances are the subtleties of your child’s behavior that are embraced with curiosity not with fear or shame
Execute the therapeutic plan with confidence.
The “Action Steps” of The Adrienne Process can easily apply to chess instruction for any student:
For any aspiring chess student, it is important to “attract” the right support team consisting of an excellent instructor such as one of Premier Chess’ instructors and the student’s classroom teacher and parent/s.
Each chess student “desires” to be the “winner” of the game and to play his/her personal best.
Realize that learning the “art” of playing the game of chess is a process/journey and takes much practice to master.
Intend to play your best consciously. Visualize “each move” or “outcome” as the steps needed to “win”.
Engage and strategize with your opponent in the present moment foreseeing probable outcomes your opponent may take as a result of your particular move.
Become the “Observer” of your opponent’s “moves” and not the “Reactor”. This will help maximize your strategic options.
Nuances are the subtleties of your opponent’s moves with any particular piece that are embraced with curiosity not with fear or resignation.
Execute the game of chess with confidence! Lastly, chess enhances a variety of skills in the following areas for students of all abilities: attention skills, sensory processing, visual-spatial discrimination, higher-level cognitive skills, socialization, and pragmatic language. Chess requires that a student maintain sustained focus/attention for an extended period of time. By enhancing a student’s attention skills during chess, greater focus can be sustained for academic/classroom subjects for an extended period of time across subject areas. For students with issues of sensory processing, that is, being hyper-sensitive (i.e. overly sensitive) or hypo-sensitive (i.e. under sensitive) to environmental stimulation, chess is a wonderful game that controls the student’s environment with clear boundaries that enhance safety and structure in a predictable fashion. This predictability is especially important for any student with a sensory processing disorder. In addition, each chess move requires visual-spatial discrimination which is the awareness of how pieces move and how the move of an opponent can directly impact that particular student’s moves. Divergent thinking and problem solving are higher-level cognitive skills facilitated during the game of chess. Each student is forced to think of the myriad of possibilities that can occur with each piece’s particular movement by an opponent. Social skills are enhanced for any chess student. Each chess student has to learn how to play fairly with an opponent and follow the rules in an appropriate and socially acceptable manner. Pragmatics or the use of language increases with learning how to play chess. Pragmatics refers to the appropriate use of non-verbal behaviors, eye contact, turn-taking and staying on topic.
In conclusion, many children who experience difficulty in any of the above-mentioned areas would benefit from learning how to play chess. Chess is a wonderful game to learn for all students and all abilities! Using the “Action Steps” of The Adrienne Process can enhance this learning more effectively with lasting results.
For more insights about The Adrienne Process, listen to her conversation with Premier Chess CEO Evan Rabin in the 30th episode of Premier Chess podcast.
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Have you learned lessons that you believe can be applied to life in general? To business?
Chess is a lot more than just moving around plastic chess pieces; we teach business and life lessons through the game. The steps of our thought process (write down your opponents move, ask why he went there, come up with candidate moves, calculate to determine which one has the highest ROI, try to find a better move and blunder check) all relate to any life or business decision you make. For instance, when discussing blunder check, we discuss the key mistake Coke made back in 1985, when they failed to a blunder check (market research) and sweetened their product to compete with Pepsi. Their sales then plummeted. Our tagline says it all; Conquer the Game; Master Your Life.
What kind of preparation have you found to be most effective before matches? Do you have certain routines ahead of time?
My coach Grandmaster Leonid Yudasin made it a point to calm down before matches. In the past, I’d run to a tournament and arrive right before the first round started. Now I realize it’s important to arrive early, check in into the hotel room, ideally the night before, and relax before the first round. It helps to meditate and potentially even do some yoga before games.
Can you plan what will happen, or do you rely on your skills and experience to tell you how to adjust and navigate through a match?
Non- chess players often ask me how long I can calculate in a given position; the answer is always “it depends”. There are two factors here- the type of position and player’s style. In general, I am a positional player who likes to steer games in more a quiet direction where I can use my intuition based on prior knowledge but of course, games do occasionally get sharp, where calculation is key. Grandmaster Alex Lenderman once shared with me, while Mikhail Tal was famous for his tactical prowess, many of his games were positional masterpieces. A business needs to a good mix of marketing tactics and long-term planning.
Do you experience nervousness before or during games, and what do you do about it?
Situations such as last rounds when there is lots of money on the line and times you are playing opponent’s that have had a good score against you in the past can be particularly nerve-wracking. There are three ways I like to handle these situations:
1) Follow my dad Keith Rabin’s old advice that I should pretend like key tournament games are just fun practice games on the internet. Whether a game is one of 100 practice ones on LI Chess or Chess.com, or the last round of the World Open, one should just focus on making the best possible moves.
2) Pretend like everyone you play is 50 points higher rated than you; this will allow you to give your opponent some respect but at the same time remain confident.
3) Mentally prepare before games; consider doing yoga or meditation.
Does motivational thinking play a part in your wins? Do you think about getting “psyched up,” or using some other form of mental preparation?
Before doing yoga and/or meditation, I will often have a good meal. Thanks to some guidance of my good friend Coach Michael Deutsch of Hands on Hoops Skills, I enjoy having green smoothies for breakfast every day, which gives me the nutrients needed for physical activity and critical thinking. In addition, I often listen to some music that will fire me up, including the Grateful Dead,Allman Brothers and Jewish folk songs.
How do you keep your career and company on an even course, whether you win or lose?
Three quotes inspire me with regard to my thoughts about this question:
1) “Every Master was Once a Beginner”
2) “The first time you make a mistake, it’s a learning experience. The second time you make a mistake, it’s a true mistake.”
Every chess player, employee and company will suffer losses. Unless you are Magnus Carlsen, who has a crazy unbeaten streak of 118 games, you will most certainly suffer losses. As a chess player, it’s important to avoid domino effects; if you make one mistake in a game, it’s important to take a deep breath, re-evaluate the position and adjust your plan. Likewise, if you lose one game, you need to relax, gain composure and come back to the tournament room for the next round with the willingness to put up a good fight.
Chess is wildly popular worldwide and there are numerous places where lovers of the game can play or visit noteworthy destinations in chess history. According to the US Chess Federation, 40 million people play chess in the US alone. That’s a lot of brilliant strategic thinkers and a few patzers!
When the global pandemic finally ends, we will be traveling like it’s the Roaring Twenties. If you’re anxious to get out of the house and incorporate intellectual stimulation with your next vacation, here are a few fabulous suggestions for trips.
New York City
My own city is arguably the best place in the world for chess enthusiasts to visit for serious tournaments, or play in various city parks. Washington Square Park, Union Square, Bryant Park, and The Chess House in Central Park are famous destinations where players can test their prowess among a wide range of opponents.
If indoor settings are more your thing, you have a variety of options. Marshall Chess Club, the second oldest chess club in the United States is the most renowned. Contact them or drop by. And while you’re waiting for the pandemic to end, you may join free daily online tournaments.
Chess Forum, located in Greenwich Village, is a wonderful place to find a great game with everyone from Grandmasters to beginners, or to purchase a chess set. Pickup games are $5 per hour, $1 for senior citizens and free for kids! Sadly the Village Chess Shop, which was located nearby since 1972, has closed. Mention “Premier Chess” to owner Emad and he will treat you particularly well as he’s good friends with Premier Chess CEO Evan Rabin.
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
The Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club is the world’s largest venue for chess at 34,000 cubic feet. The center hosts many tournaments including the annual Sharjah International Cup for Women and the Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship, which was supposed to happen in April but had to be cancelled. A visit to Sharjah is perfectly paired with exploration of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, and the Maldives or South East Asia.
Reykjavik and nearby Selfoss have strong associations with chess on many levels. Location for the 1972 World Chess Championship -aka the Match of the Century – between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer, which raised the interest and awareness of chess among millions worldwide. After a series of reclusive episodes and rematches Fischer lived in Iceland until his death in 2008. Many chess lovers have made pilgrimages to Iceland to visit Selfoss, where Fischer is buried. Selfoss is also the home of the Bobby Fischer Center, a small, non-profit museum. It features memorabilia of the 1972 World Chess Championship.
Considered a chess capital in the US, St. Louis is home to the annual Sinquefield Cup. The World Chess Hall of Fame is also located here, as is one of the largest chess pieces in the world. According to The Economist “the rise of St. Louis as a center for chess dates back to 2008, when Rex Sinquefield chose the promotion of chess in his home town as a retirement project after making a fortune….”
The Cup is played at the elite St. Louis Chess Club. Currently closed due to Covid 19, its classes and lectures can be found on YouTube.
Birthplace of legendary chess player Jose Raul Capablanca, Havana is home to the annual Capablanca Memorial Tournament, which is usually held in May. Chess is an institution in Cuba and has been played there since the 1600s.
Americans can still visit Cuba as long as their trip supports the people of Cuba. You must have a packed itinerary that you can document supports the people and their small businesses, not the government. Epic Experiences can work with you to arrange a selection of activities including chess, music performances, salsa dancing lessons, and cooking classes.
Birthplace of Garry Kasparov, people in Baku are chess fanatics! Chess is one of the country’s most popular sports since the 1920s, after Azerbaijan joined the USSR. References to chess can be found in the works of 12th century Persian poets who lived in what is modern day Azerbaijan. Many of the country’s sports clubs have active chess departments. According to FIDE, there are 24 active Azerbaijani grandmasters, 30 international masters, and 151 titled players.
Amsterdam is always a fabulous travel experience for a variety of reasons including the art scene, beauty of the canals and canal houses, plus a multitude of must-see museums for all interests. One of them, the Max Euwe Chess Museum, outlines the development of chess and the history of Max Euwe, the fifth World Chess Champion. There’s even a giant chess board outside the museum.
Amsterdam parks are excellent places to enjoy the game, especially in the summer. Chess is played in cafes too. Don’t miss De Laurierboom, a cozy “brown” café with old timers playing chess and drinking beer. Since famous Café Gambit closed in 2005, De Laurierboom has become the home of the Amsterdam chess community.
Speaking of the former Soviet Union, Moscow has more chess champions than any other city. The city hosts over 1000 annual events and chess tournaments, the most prestigious being the Moscow Open Cup, the Moscow Blitz, Russian Cup and the Aeroflot Open.
July 20 is International Chess Day, and Moscow turns into chess city with huge boards in its squares and schools.
Moscow Chess Mecca is a well-known chess bar for locals, and visitors are welcome. Chess is also popular in parks, and you could luck into a no-fee game at the Chess Club at VDNKh next to Pavilion No.206, or the Blitz Chess Club in Tagansky Park for children 6-14. Everyone is welcome to play at the Chess and Draughts Club in Sokolniki Park from 10am – 10pm, even children. They also have classes for a fee. Visitors may also play chess in the afternoon at Bauman Garden and Fili Park.
Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
The spectacular Lewis chessmen, the oldest chess pieces ever found, were supposedly found in the bay on the west coast of Lewis, although the National Museums of Scotland consider a different nearby town as the likely site of their discovery. Either way they were found in the parish of Uig. The distinctive 12th century chess pieces are carved from walrus ivory. Part of a larger hoard of 78 chess pieces, 14 figurines, and a belt buckle, the items are displayed at the British Museum in London and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
You can visit the small stone chamber where they were thought to be discovered on the Uig beach, as part of a broader exploration of the Scottish isles.
Replicas of the Isle of Lewis chess set can be ordered from several places online.
Kerala, India and beyond
Kerala is one of India’s most educated and literate states. Chess is huge in Kerala. Kerala’s first chess tournament in January 2020 attracted tourists and celebrities. Modeled on the Chess Train, the Kerala Chess Houseboat tournament took place on a houseboat on Vembanad Lake, which is one of the best ways to explore the backwaters of the region.
India is believed to be the birthplace of chess and a wonderful place to buy chess sets. Most cities in India have chess clubs and many opportunities to play.
About Eva Grodberg – a luxury travel specialist, Eva has visited 60 countries, many of them multiple times. Specializing in completely customized travel, detail orientation, and rapid response, Epic Experiences will design a dream vacation for you tailored to your passions.
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For more about chess and travel, see this article Premier Chess CEO Evan Rabin wrote for US Chess back in January, 2018.
When I tell people I am a “national chess master”, non-chess players will often ask me how far I am from grandmaster, not realizing there is a big difference between the two titles. “National Master” is essentially the highest title you can get from US Chess but “Grandmaster” is the highest one you can get from FIDE, the World Chess Federation.
On Sunday afternoon, I had the pleasure of scoring 2-7 in Match against Grandmaster Michael Rohde, founder of Chess Reporters. I have known Michael and his family for many years. In 2003, I teamed up with Mike, his younger son Aaron Rohde and Kevin Murphy in the United States Amateur Team East. Over the years, I have a few draws in tournament chess against Rohde, but I never beat him so going into the match, I knew it would not be an easy feat; however, I was up to the challenge. Inspired by rabbis Peretz Chein of the Chabad of Brandeis and Levi Welton, I am a big proponent of the idea of Ufaratzta – to get outside of one’s comfort zone.
To prepare for the match, I took a look at Rohde’s games on various databases and realized that there was one main opening- I had to work on- the white side of the Taimanov Sicilian. On of the main games I used in my preparation was this game against Grandmaster Mackenzie Molner from the 2005 Marshall Chess Club Championship; however my preparation did not go deep enough and instead of 6…a6 as he played in against Molner, I did not know how to handle the quick 6…Nf6 and quick d5 break.
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On the other hand, my prepration was better with black. I got fairly equal positions in both the Queens Indian and Caro Kann. He did not know the 3..c5 variation of the Advanced Caro Kann as well me.
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Back in November, we lost a dear friend and integral member of the Premier Chess Team, National Master Lev Khariton.
While I miss Lev; one door always opens another. I am grateful that I recently befriended two of his children, Bina and Amitai Khariton.
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