chess, as a school subject
I've put together a curriculum and received some valuable advice from Alan Goldsmith who runs the Knights and Bytes chess bookshop in Adelaide.
Here's my curriculum draft:
Skills Development (50%)
- Demonstrated ability to identify tactical motifs - pins, forks, skewers, discoveries, double attacks, nets
- Demonstrated ability to solve tactical problems at level 2 difficulty or higher from Blokh's "Combinational Motifs"
- Demonstrated ability to master a list of endgame routines. Mate with: K + P versus K, 2 bishops, queen versus rook, (add some others) - ability to play both sides competently
Documentation and Evaluation (25%)
Record, analyse, annotate in detail and publish (on the internet) at least one significant competition game played by yourself
Research one aspect of chess, such as
- an opening
- a famous game
- a famous player