Animated chess rules now available at Educational Chess

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

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: http://www.educationalchess.com/chess_summer_camp.html

Educational Chess Da Vinci Chess and Art Summer Camp 2009

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!http://www.educationalchess.com/chess_summer_camp.html
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 http://www.educationalchess.com/chess_summer_camp.html

New art gadget

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. http://www.educationalchess.com/fun.html
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!

The Educational Chess Art gallery is now online!

April 27th, 2009

Hello! I have been busy for a while now preparing for summer courses and the summer camp. But I finally got a chance to feature our young chess players and artists’ work.  So here is the first batch: http://www.educationalchess.com/chess_art/image_slideshow.html

I will eventually add more, as time allows it, including some of my own.  If you would like to be part of the chess art show, don’t be shy, send a copy of your best piece in! Just make sure you follow the guidelines. Enjoy the chess art show!


One of my quick pieces- watercolor and pastel

Educational Chess- First online article

April 3rd, 2009

Hello, chess enthusiasts!

View my article about my little chess creation and to learn more about how it all started…

Learn your chess terminology by playing the Chess Hangman game!

And I will definitely add more features,  as soon as the time allows it.  Meanwhile, let me know what your opinion is.  So, don’t be shy, just leave a message. Your privacy is respected.

Play Chess Hangman and learn!

March 29th, 2009

Hello, everyone! I believe in interactive learning because it makes chess learning so much more interesting- so I created the first and probably the only Chess Hangman so far! I hope that it helps you learn chess terminology and have fun at the same time. Here is the link: http://www.educationalchess.com/chesshangman/chesshangman.html  Enjoy!

Hello chess enthusiasts!

March 28th, 2009

Welcome to the Educational Chess blog! I am Diana Durham, the owner and founder of Educational Chess. This is my  first post and I am really excited about it! I have been involved in chess since I was a teenager, although I have to confess- I found the game quite challenging at first. I never imagined that some day I would love it so much that I would actually teach it and promote it to the whole wide world! I have experienced the tournament life- I was a serious tournament player with a master’s rating and an international rating. I am one of the former top chess playing women in the U.S., and won several brilliancy prizes. I am also a former chess columnist at local and national level.  I started teaching chess in 1990, and loved sharing my knowledge and helping children, parents and educators learn it. I believe that a world with chess learning will contribute to an overall better education.  I started in 1990 with just two students and I faced a lot of challenges but was successful in bringing chess knowledge and benefits awareness to schools and within many communities. Most people never knew about chess in those days.  Then chess popularity increased little by little.  I have taught chess in dozens of schools and to thousands of people. My goal is simple: to do what I enjoy and help others learn chess well in a fun and creative manner. I am also a creative person, so you may notice some art and creative projects- all related to chess. I am also enjoying helping the world of chess enthusiasts- children, students, parents- improve their skills, so I am always adding more helpful information and give-aways on my web site- http://www.EducationalChess.com. And don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter for more offers and information.