Developing the Next Generation of Chess Grandmasters at GEMS!

Target 2. Leadership in a Student-Centered Learning Environment: FWSU will foster the development of teacher and student leaders who provide innovative opportunities both locally and globally.

Action Step: Develop learning habits, communication and problem-solving skills necessary for collaborative learning and leadership.

Indicator of Success: Student voice will have the power to impact the perceptions of others.


“It’s quite difficult for me to imagine my life without chess.” – Garry Kasparov


Fridays are a special day for GEMS first graders! During the cold winter months that we have had this year, indoor recess has become a special learning opportunity for both elementary and middle school students.


6th Grade Chess Tutors (Marcus Aloisi, Alex Messineo, Myah LaRoe, and Mattia Fuller) have pledged their time to visit First Grade classrooms to teach and discuss the game of chess. 




Chess a game of infinite possibilities for the mind. It develops mental abilities used throughout life such as concentration, critical-thinking, abstract reasoning, problem-solving, strategic planning, and evaluation (just to name a few!).


Chess can be a challenge to learn. Happy faces are everywhere around the table as these young learners experience a new game. They are eager to learn from the student leaders.



Patience, critical thinking, and strategies are all discussed as new friends enjoy each others company each Friday.


Chess Tutors offer a great opportunity for our older students to develop leadership skills and share their love of learning with younger students!


2 thoughts on “Developing the Next Generation of Chess Grandmasters at GEMS!

  1. So happy that the Enrichment Team is able to coordinate this effort as it has for many years. It is always a pleasure to see the older mentors interacting with the younger mentees! Nancy V-W


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