• Uses chess as a theme to connect different times and places
• Provides fun, easy-to-teach lesson plans that cover important historical figures and events
• Helps educators and librarians prepare students to succeed in University Interscholastic League (UIL) Chess Puzzle
• Gives students the opportunity to solve famous chess problems, such as one written by a 9th-century Arabic writer, one that might have caused the recall of Christopher Columbus, and one studied by Thomas Jefferson
• Addresses the National Council for the Social Studies standards for grades 4–8
• 25 reproducibles, such as letters home to parents and worksheets
• 15 photographs of famous chess players and of students playing chess
• 28 chess diagrams and 7 examples of student work
• A chronology of chess from ancient times to the present
• A glossary of 90 chess terms from past and present, such as chatrang and en passant
"The concept is clever. . . . An exercise based on Benjamin Franklin's 'morals of chess,' a list of golden rules to be observed while playing the game, is also fascinating, as are studies of famous chess players and foreign chess terms."
Chess has been played and influenced by Silk Road traders, medieval nobility, U.S. political leaders, and ordinary citizens of many nations. There is even a musical called Chess, illustrating the clash of freedom and state control during the Cold War. Tracing chess through history teaches students about other times, places, and cultures, helping them see patterns of continuity and change.