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Book Review: Chess Is Child’s Play by Laura Sherman and Bill Kilpatrick

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Chess Is Child’s Play by Laura Sherman and Bill Kilpatrick is an excellent book for teaching young children how to play chess. The authors begin by explaining the benefits of learning to play chess early in life.

Children learn the rudiments of strategic problem-solving. Chess develops the ability of a child to think ahead and examine consequences of actions. In addition, children learn to think outside the box.

The game develops self-confidence as the child becomes more skilled at playing and avoiding common mistakes. More importantly, chess develops the ability of a child to concentrate for extended periods of time. This is one of the most desired traits for doing well in school.

A chess game is a confrontation between two players. The struggle progresses on the board and between each person’s identity. Mistakes are to be expected. The player who manages to keep cool has a better chance at concentrating and prevailing in the end. Chess teaches children to manage wins maturely and cope with losses.

The authors provide specific milestones for children to learn to play chess. At age one, children basically handle the pieces. Two to four year olds learn to place the pieces on to the board. Older children can begin playing the game after sufficient familiarity with the set-up of the game and practice sessions.

The authors provide a diagram for each piece showing how players can move the piece linearly, multi-directionally or a combination thereof. Children learn how to set-up pieces for classic attacks, as well as the value of each piece in relation to others. For instance, a Queen is more valuable than a Rook.

Chess Is Child’s Play by Laura Sherman and Bill Kilpatrick is written in clear and concise language. The diagrams depict the classic positioning of the pieces in an understandable fashion. The benefits of playing chess are articulated at length. The presentation is directed to children from age one onward. The authors’ development of the game is logical and age-appropriate.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.