Chess wasn´t supposed to be suitable for pre-teenage children only a century ago. Since then it has not only entered primary education but the game is now reaching preschool. Some chess schools and teachers have started to focus on very young children. Suitable materials for kindergartens and infant schools have recently come up in numerous countries. To feature this development we introduced a workshop “Early Years Chess”, giving opportunity to some of the pioneers to present their approach.
Among these pioneers are Boris and Luba Alterman and their company Chess in a New Way. Hundreds of Kindergartens and Primary Schools in Israel are using their materials, curriculum and trainings for educators. Boris estimates that they are reaching close to 20,000 children. A Christian school in Ramle encouraged them to translate their textbook from Hebrew to Arabic.
Shortly after Boris and Luba returned from our 2013 conference, Chess in a New Way was voted Israel´s best small business among many hundreds of applicants. This ensured a lot of attention and publicity.
Chess in a New Way is truely a family business. Their daughter Ariela is working in the company and will also come to London to show and explain their materials in our exhibition. Their son Lior, a programming genius who has started a professional IT career at 15, has developed an app called Chess World which started sales just in time for our conference.