Carlsen Joins America's Foundation for Chess to Support First Move Chess Program

Время публикации: 16.01.2014 23:36 | Последнее обновление: 17.01.2014 00:04

According to the announcement Magnus Carlsen will join the America's Foundation for Chess (AF4C) to bring the First Move chess program into elementary school classrooms "as a tool for enhancing critical and creative thinking skills."

Carlsen has agreed to be Honorary Chairman for the non-profit joining a group of some other sponsors. The grant is considered as the first step toward raising $5M to bring the First Move program to half a million students by 2017. The First Move program "engages young minds and teaches critical and creative thinking skills through the game of chess."

The program is optimized for second and third grade classrooms, the chess curriculum gives teachers a powerful tool to engage children in learning chess while providing critical skills.

"I love the way chess empowers kids," the website quotes the world champion. "I consider First Move to be the most strategic way to give kids an advantage and help them live up to their full potential."

Norwegian GM is supposed to announce about his partnership with AF4C tonight at the special event hosted by Silicon Valley Bank and the Churchill Club. In addition Carlsen will play a blindfold simul on six boards. He then will be interviewed by avid chess player Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and Facebook investor.


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