General Info

St. George Chess Center

The St. George Chess Center is a not-for-profit membership organization devoted to extending the role of chess in St. George Utah and the surrounding area. Founded in 2003, The St. George Chess Center promotes the study and knowlege of the game of chess for it’s own sake, as an art form, for enjoyment, and also as a means for improvement of the community. We offer various classes on chess, and organize many tournaments for kids and adults. The St. George Chess Center is an official affiliate of the United States Chess Federation and serves as the governing body of chess in St. George, Utah.

Igor Ivanov

Grand Master Igor Ivanov is the 9-time US Grand Prix Champion and a 5-time Canadian National champion. He has won numerous Utah Champion titles as well. Ivanov was one of only tow players to beat Anatoly Karpov 1979 while Karpov held the title of world champion. Mr. Ivanov has often been called the “strongest IM in the world,” placing at the top of the field among or above grandmasters at countless tournaments in the last 25 years. Games against Mr. Ivanov are always good lessons in chess for his opponents.

Why You Should Play Chess

By Tee Kim Hoe

Why Chess should be a part of your education? 20 reasons why you should play chess.

1. Chess is fun!
For over a thousand years, millions of people in all cultures and walks of life have enjoyed playing the “game of kings,” which probably originated in India. Be careful-it’s addictive! It’s true. Like many good things, you should know your limit.

2. Chess is a game for people of all ages.
You can learn to play at any age, and you don’t ever have to retire! Youngsters can play old-times, on a level playing field.

3. Chess enables you to meet many interesting people.
You will make lifelong friendships with people you meet through chess. Wherever you travel in this world, chess can help you to bridge the cultural gap.

4. Chess helps kids perform better in school and raise their grade.
Many studies have shown that kids who take up chess improve their academic performance. They raise their levels in reading and math. By doing better in school, they are more likely to succeed in life.

5. Chess helps you live a longer and healthier life.
Don’t laugh! Recent studies show that people who play chess are significantly less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Apparently playing chess stimulates important areas of the brain. But remember to do physical exercise too.

6. Chess improves concentration.
Maybe your child has trouble sitting still, or focusing on a task? Maybe YOU have trouble staying focused? Regular chess players find they improve their powers of concentration.

7. Chess develops logical thinking.
Our brains instinctively respond to the beautiful harmony of chess. Do you want proof? Music, mathematics, and chess are the only three fields of human activity that produce child prodigies.

8. Chess develops imagination and creativity.
Chess encourages you to be inventive in the face of new situations, This is because, according to one calculation, there are more possible moves in a 40-move chess game than molecules in the universe.

9. Chess teaches independence and personal responsibility.
In a chess game, you must rely on yourself. There is no luck, the result depends on you.

10. Chess teaches you to plan ahead and foresee consequences of your actions.
And you get immediate feedback!

11. Chess inspires self-motivation
It encourages you to search for the best move, the best plan, the most beautiful thread in the crazy quilt of possibilities.

12. Chess teaches that success rewards hard work.
Chess is easy to play, but hard to play well. The more you study and play, the better you’ll become. Don’t expect it to be easy.

13. Chess develops the scientific way of thinking.
While playing, you generate many possibilities in your mind. You test your move by playing it.

14. Chess develops your calculating ability.
Chess involves an infinite number of calculations. You use your head to calculate, not a machine.

15. Chess teaches research skills.
There are thousands of chess books, computer programs, and web pages out there Serious players learn how to find, organize, and use boundless amounts of information-a valuable life skill.

16. Chess develops self-confidence.
Chess players who stick with it and work hard will find themselves slowly mastering this complex game. Achievement in chess gives you confidence to face other challenges.

17. Chess opens up the world for you.
You don’t have to be a high-ranked player to enter important competitions. Chess provides you with plenty of opportunities to travel not only around the country, but also around the world. Chess is a universal language that can help you make new friends wherever you go.

18. Chess is inexpensive.
Ok, there are lots of books and computer programs to buy if you get really serious! But all you really need to play is a board and set. However, ify ou want to be an International Master or Grandmast, then you would need money to travel around for competitions.

19. Chess teaches artistic appreciation.
In the Great Soviet Encyclopedia, chess is defined as “an art appearing in the form of a game.” If you thought you could never be an artist, chess proves you wrong! Every chess player has his (or her) own style and personality on the chessboard.

20. Chess develops your memory.
This happens in two ways: through your effort at the board to calculate and remember sequences of moves; and by your study away from the board of moves and variations, if you choose to delve into the game’s rich literature. By the way, the literature of chess far exceeds that of all other games combined.

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