The following is a cute commercial using a game of chess. I think it is excellent, the producer clearly understands that chess has negative qualities as a spectator sport, and he uses this exactly to promote his product. Enjoy!
The following is based on ‘pre-set’ chess, not such a bad idea in itself. With this chess set you will never lose a piece, and never have to set up the board again!
LINKI think that chess as an educational tool has its days counted. Not so much because playing chess is not good for developing children, but because pushy parents and even pushier chess-promoters have not done their science properly. It is now becoming clear that the chess community has over-estimated the game’s intrinsic qualities as related to the thinking process. Besides, they have not properly defined what is ”smart”, and have based their ‘sell’ on loose and imprecise concepts that do not meet with rigorous scientific criteria.