World Chess Day 2020 - Win your own chess set!
It's World Chess Day on 20th July, and to celebrate we're holding a competition which everyone can enter, from chess experts to those who haven't given chess a try - yet!
At Komodo, we think chess is great for developing young brains - even though it might have a reputation as being a game for child geniuses it's actually much more accessible than you might think. Better still, children can pick up chess very quickly and who knows how far they can go?
Just look at the story of Tanitoluwa Adewumi for example. Tani, as he's known, is a young refugee from Nigeria, who was living in a homeless shelter in New York City and playing chess for just a year when he first started winning chess championships against the most privileged, privately tutored children in the state.
He was first introduced to chess by a part-time chess teacher who taught his class in the local public elementary school how to play. He went on to join the chess club, which waived the fees in light of his family situation, and in just one year started winning tournaments across the state.
Tani loved the game from the outset, practising at every opportunity, learning from his failures and improving with sheer grit and determination. Kids who play chess will soon learn that practice is essential if you want to succeed, which sets them up well for learning in general, and particularly maths, where understanding is one thing but practice is essential if you want to succeed.
And Tani is really driven to succeed - he is currently the number 3 nine-year-old in New York State and is on track to be number one. His aptitude for the game has opened up a world of opportunity which may never have been possible had he not had the chance to give chess a try in school.
Of course, we're not suggesting that every child is going to be the next grandmaster of chess, but who knows what you might uncover if you encourage your kids to give the game a go? At the very least they might gain a hobby they can enjoy with no language barriers wherever they travel in the world and that they can continue to play into old age.
Chess can increase focus, strategic thinking and memory capacity, all of which are super skills for kids to develop - and which come in especially useful when it comes to success in maths. Chess is also one of those games that translates super easily to being played online, so even the strictest lockdown won't stop you getting your fix!
Win your own Chess Set
To get you started playing the game we have ten chess sets to give away. To win we are asking kids to simply design your own chess piece and send us a picture. It can be a drawing, sculpture (think empty toilet roll) or a digital design - whatever your chess piece would look like. You can even tell us about any moves it might have! We'll pick our favourites and the winners will get one of these:
Here are some samples as done by our own Komodo kids to spark some ideas:
Send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org before 31st July 2020 to be in with a chance of winning. Good luck!
NB: Competition entrants must be aged 12 or under. If we can't buy and deliver a chess set in your country for less than $20 we'll credit your account with $20 so you can buy your own.
About Komodo - Komodo is a fun and effective way to boost primary maths skills. Designed for 5 to 11 year olds to use in the home, Komodo uses a little and often approach to learning maths (15 minutes, three to five times per week) that fits into the busy family routine. Komodo helps users develop fluency and confidence in maths - without keeping them at the screen for long.