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Fundamental Chess & Chess Notation #3

Fundamental Chess & Chess Notation #3

Fundamental Chess & Chess Notation offers well-ordered instruction to the novice seeking to understand the game. The lessons are concise and content-rich yet very accessible, conducted in an interactive fashion. From the first week forward, the game’s language is initially learned and continually used in class discussion. Students will learn much more than how to move the pieces; they will learn as well when, where, and why to move the pieces—along the way beginning to gain a genuine grasp of the game. Key concepts will prepare the students to play with purpose, and key vocabulary terms will enable them to reflect on and discuss games intelligibly.

Note: Pending interest, the instructor may launch a Scholé Academy Chess Club during the fall.




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The Scholastic Chess Player’s Scorebook


Tyrone Benson loves language and studied classical languages throughout his undergraduate and graduate careers. He holds a B.A. in Bible and Educational Ministry (double major), an M.A. in Christian Education, and an M.A. in Theology. While in Bible college, before graduating summa cum laude as the valedictorian of his class, he relished four semesters of Biblical Greek, received the distinguished Greek award, and served as lead campus tutor of Biblical Greek. Afterwards, while engaging the classical theological disciplines as a graduate level seminary student, he studied both further Biblical Greek and Biblical Hebrew, from which studies he naturally transitioned into the study and teaching of classical Latin.
Although a lifelong student of various disciplines (even as a magister “teacher,” he ever remains a discipulus “student”), Mgr. Benson is currently focusing on the Latin language, particularly its spinal role within a classical liberal arts curriculum, linking language(s) to history, literature, and theology, and paving the path of grammar into logic and rhetoric. For five years, he has been using the Latin texts of Classical Academic Press in teaching Latin out of his love for learning. Having been drawn to Scholé Academy by this very love, he seeks to instill the same love in all his students. Among other hobbies, Mgr. Benson enjoys chess and is excited to teach a new Scholé course in chess this summer.​


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Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

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  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.



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