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ChessBase 15 – Mega package. Find the right combination! Well, Igor Sukhin is the author of the recently published Chess Gems: Having written close to 50 chess educational books in Russia sinceIgor Sukhin is also the only chess author whose books have been recommended by the Russian Department of Education. With his daughters in pre-school, he created an original system of chess education aimed at general igoor development. And, the result was impressive: During a chess lesson at a preschool in Moscow in I think I was about six years old and my father had taught me the rules of chess.

My first coach, Igor Osipov, really helped me to understand the game. He analyzed my games and provided a lot of invaluable advice in all areas.

But, there were a couple of books that made a deep impression on dukhin How would you define your competitive chess playing strength when you were itor actively participating in tournaments?

I think my level was typical for someone who started studying chess fairly late — I was a candidate-master. My highest rating was What made you decide to give up playing chess professionally, and move on to coach kids, instead? Chess teaches you to assess your strengths objectively. When I realized that to improve, I would need to give up a lot of other things in my life, I stopped playing in tournaments.

At the same time, I was becoming more and more interested in the subject of introducing chess at elementary schools. There were very few books written on the subject, and I was happy to contribute my own ideas. SinceI have held the position of senior researcher at the Institute for the Theory of Education and Pedagogic in the Russian Academy of Education.

Based on the works of numerous psychologists, including Jean Piaget, Jerome Bruner, Piotr Galperin and many others, I have developed my own program of teaching chess to kids.

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I have developed a lot of interesting tools to help the kids learn about the individual pieces. My other idea includes using a fragmented chessboard. Alongside the normal 8×8 chessboard, I would also use special positions on subsets: This way, it is much easier for the child to concentrate on the key issues.

Compared to older kids, 4- to 6-year-olds are the toughest to teach; yet, that is what makes the task challenging.

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Igor playing chess with his daughters, Olga and Elena, in I also understand that you have now moved on to your next endeavor — teaching chess coaches. What is the focus when teaching coaches? I think it is incredibly important to share experiences — to pass on to others what you have learned. And it is not necessarily limited to chess coaches; a lot of parents are interested in innovative ways of teaching their kids.


The younger the kids, the harder it is for a professional chess coach to teach them. Yet, with the right approach, it can be done. Can you please share with us, on when did you make your debut as an author in Russia? My first book was Adventures in Chess Country, published in Moscow sukhun It is a book introducing chess to igof to 7-year-olds.

Igor with his “canonical” chess textbooks for kids. Around titles, altogether. My books cover a lot of ground — from chess to crosswords to mathematical puzzles. Less than half of my books are about chess. The total number of my books in print in Russia exceeds 1, More than ten of my books have been recommended by the Russian Department of Education.

These books are given this seal of approval because they are the tools, not aimed solely to teach chess, but to teach kids to be able to think in their heads better!

I am the only chess author in Russia to receive this honor. Correct me if I am wrong, but, I believe that this “Chess Gems: You are absolutely right, Edwin, this is my first book published in English. My only other publication outside of Iigor was La bolsita magica del ajedrez.

El ajedrez para los mas pequenos published in in Spain. It is a chess book for little kids selected for publication by the Kasparov Foundation. I absolutely loved your idea of arranging 1, chess combinations, from the shatranj days through to modern day Internet chess, in chronological order.

I am glad you share my fascination with the history of chess combinations! There are a lot of books about chess combinations. But, most of these books have the same flaws that reduced them to be just a collection of drills, whereby the combinations are categorized by themes and the second half of the 20th century is over-represented.

In my book, the presentation is chronological which allows the reader to get a better feel for each epoch, and through ior prism of combinations, survey the whole history of the great game.

Fittingly, you also managed sukhib get Vladimir Kramnik to write the foreword to your book. Frankly, it was my publisher, Mongoose Press who persuaded Vladimir to write the foreword. I am grateful to them for the superb job they did with the book. Vladimir really appreciates the history of chess and he felt that my book tells the story well.

One of my goals is the ultimate introduction of chess into all Russian schools. At a seminar in There have been many instances whereby chess has helped students become smarter. What is your opinion on this? There is a curious observation someone made recently: Still, in the last 30 years, we have accumulated enough knowledge proving the benefits of chess for both adults and kids.

One can easily locate the lists of these reports on the FIDE or sukhni my own website. Needless to say, I am very supportive of such research and consider myself an active contributor to it. Should chess be made a compulsory subject for students of all age groups in schools, colleges and universities?


Great players of the past such as Lasker, Tarrasch and Capablanca believed that chess should be an integral part of school education. I believe that there should be some chess education for all kids, followed by purely elective classes for older kids, beyond elementary school.

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In a recent project in Santa Fe, Argentina, after introducing chess to all the 18, students, a survey showed that 27 percent have continued their interests in chess, 34 percent did not, and 39 percent stayed neutral. In my view there is only one explanation: The kids are the same everywhere, the game of chess too.

Therefore, the approach to teaching is what makes sykhin difference! My family is very important to me. Everything else is secondary. My wife and I have been together for 30 years and we have two lovely daughters. Besides chess, I read a lot as well as play tennis and football.

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The Sniper is a universal opening framework which can be played against all main first white moves – 1. Black plays 1…g6, 2…Bg7 and 3…c5 against practically anything! Outsmart the Guards, Capture the Flag. The author of around books — from chess to crosswords to mathematical puzzles — totalling around 1. Especially year-olds, for whom the study of chess dramatically improves their grades in school.

Bisik-Bisik by Edwin Lam. ChessBase 15 – Mega package Find the right combination! During a chess lesson at a preschool in Moscow in Edwin Lam: At what age did you learn to play the game of chess? Subsequently, who was your formal coach in the game of chess? Can you share with us the name of your first-ever chess book?

Since how many books have you penned in Russian? Lastly, besides chess, what are your other priorities and interests in life? Advertising Books, boards, sets: Discussion and Feedback Join the public discussion or submit your feedback to the editors. Live games for Premium members from the World Championship match in London. Every two games will be followed by a rest day until Game 12 if necessary on November 26th which will be preceded by an additional rest day.

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