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Chess art

Monday, June 21st, 2010

A new chess art poster is now available for those who enjoy the visual side of chess.

Chess poster

This chess art collage was a fun project which I created with acrylics, gesso, some objects and cut-outs.   I gave it to my students as a prize choice. I received a much better reaction than I expected -I did not have enough posters with me at the time.
To purchase a chess art poster, you can visit the online Educational Chess store.
Discounts for large quantities also available.

Kids’ Chess tournament in San Clemente, OC

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

On May 23, there will be an unrated tournament in San Clemente, CA for all kids who love chess and want to improve their chess, make new friends, and help out a charity. So, this way, everyone wins- all proceeds will be donated to charity.
It is going to take place at the beautiful Bella Collina in San Clemente. Hours are 10-3.  2 sections: K-6th, and 7-12th. Besides the tournament awards for the winners, every participant will receive a small prize, and in addition, there will gift certificates.  In addition, after the tournament, there will be an optional free lecture with Ms. D. Durham- the owner of Educational Chess.

To participate and register, please visit the Educational Chess tournaments page.  Reserve your seat today. Hope to see you there!

Chess camp and art camp for kids- Irvine, San Clemente – Orange County, CA

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Educational Chess is now accepting registrations for the Da Vinci Chess Camp and Art Camp in Irvine and San Clemente.
This fun and instructional summer camp is for two age groups: kids and teens.

Based on Da Vinci’s techniques, this unique academic camp combines the use of analytical and creative thinking skills which stimulate learning and imagination at all levels.
This summer camp is guranteed to be a fun learning experience and make a lasting impression on the campers.

For information and registration for the  Da Vinci Chess and Art Camp, please visit the Educational Chess chess camp page.

Da Vinci Chess and Art Summer Camp 2010 by Educational Chess

Irvine Chess classes for teens

Thursday, April 8th, 2010


Educational Chess is announcing two new chess classes for teens in Irvine. One is for beginners and the other is for intermediate teens. 
These classes are only 3 hours each and ideal for busy teens who would like to learn chess and improve their chess strategies.
The beginners’ chess class will cover all the basics of chess.
The intermediate chess class is an overview of all the middle game chess strategies, and even more advanced strategies for those who already know simple middle game strategies. We are also going to cover some sacrifices and explore opening and end-game concepts.
You can learn a lot in just a few hours.

April 17, 2010  Basics of Chess for Teens, 10 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. and
Register here.

April 24, 2010  Middle Game Strategies      10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.     
Register here.

Format: interactive, group and individual learning.  
Materials: supplied for use in class free of charge

Hope to see you there.        

Crossword puzzle- interactive and fun chess learning!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Hello, chess enthusiasts

I have created a chess crossword puzzle- a fun way to learn about chess in an interactive way. It is about basics, a bit of middle-game terminology, and about pawn structures. I hope you enjoy it, and if you have any suggestions about other featurs that you would like to see on the Educational Chess site, please let me know- I will do my best to make it happen.  Here is the link to the interactive chess crossword puzzle:

Chess art store opening and online chess lessons now offered at Educational Chess

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Hello, chess enthusiasts!

Finally, a new chance to blog and let you know about my newest additions. One is the online chess lessons- which are now offered at Educational Chess. For more information, please check the online chess lessons page: . Prices are very reasonable, and you can do the lessons from the comfort of your home. Contact Educational Chess for information or to sign up at:

The other addition is the chess store, which has chess art available on t shirts, cups, mugs, hats, calendars that you can purchase. The chess art is my creation, and I am planning on adding more designs, as soon as I have some extra time- I love art. Here is the chess store link: 

Chess king

Also, I re-organized the pages and added more, and improved the navigation.  Keeping the site organized is a challenge, but it is fun to add more content- there is a lot I have to share with you.  And more chess information is coming up- and I hope that will help you improve your chess strategy.

So, you can probably guess that there will be more additions in the near future. Have fun learning chess, playing chess, doing some art, browsing. And while you are there, don’t forget to sign up for the Educational Chess Newsletter so you can find out about the new updates and promotions that will be offered.

Take care for now,

Animated chess rules now available at Educational Chess

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Hello, everyone!

It has been a while, I have had a very hectic schedule lately. I have been juggling different projects, and that is a challenge sometimes.
So, good news! I finally had a chance to create the chess rules page- little Flash animations- so those of you who are new to chess can use and learn from. I hope they help you learn the basics of chess, so hopefully we can skip to the more exciting and challenging parts of learning chess.  And I hope that soon most of you will undersand that checkmate does not mean that the King is captured, and hope that most will now understand that strange rule with a French name- the En Passant rule. 🙂

So, please visit the Chess Rules page and also read everything carefully. And if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
And when you are done with the chess rules, don’t forget to also check out the Chess Notation page, just in case you haven’t noticed it before. And, if you want to practice your chess notation, feel free to download a chess scoresheet I have created in the Fun Center 

And of course, you can play a game or two of chess in the Learning Center and look for other fun chess activities you can enjoy at Educational Chess.
If you have any suggestions, please drop me a note.
Happy learning!

The logo for the Educational Chess Da Vinci Chess and Art Summer Camp 2009

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Hello, everyone!

Here is the logo for the Da Vinci Chess and Art camp by Educational Chess. It encompasses all the elements we are going to explore.
Da Vinci Chess and Art Logo

Sign up early for the camp and you will be entered in a drawing to receive a gift certificate:

Educational Chess Da Vinci Chess and Art Summer Camp 2009

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Hello, chess enthusiasts!

 This summer is going to be a fun one. I have waited a long time for this  and I finally united my two passions and included my favorite artists of all times- and created the Da Vinci Chess and Art Camp. The marriage of my two passions is now complete at last!
Yes, it appears that  Da Vinci- known for his famous art and inventions had in interest in chess, too.  And that is no surprise to me. Chess is both an art and a science. And Da Vinci was both an artist and a scientist. So, now you know why he is my favorite artist, too!
So, it is going to be a great an innovative camp, and we will have lots of fun and learn at the same time. I divided the camp into two age groups: 6-12 and 13-18. The camps are a week long each (five days), and they are half-day. Morning or afternoons. The first part part of the each camp day is going to be about chess and the second is about art and innovative ideas a la Da Vinci.  Creativity and innovative thinking are what makes this camp fun and unique!

For detailed information and registration, please visit the Educational Chess camp page

New art gadget

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Hello, chess creatives!

I found a cool little gadget- one that allows you to create your own masterpiece.
It is on the Educational Chess fun page.
Go ahead- experiment and create your own art work!
And while you are at it, go to the home page and sign up for the newsletter.  
Also, stay tuned for the upcoming Educational Chess Summer camp 2009 information – an incredibly fun,  stimulating and innovative chess and art camp!