Life-size chess board designed to draw more students to the game

09/4/2013 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Oak Park, Ill., fifth-grade teacher Marvin Childress had the idea to create a life-size chess board designed to interest more fourth- and fifth-graders in playing the game, which he says teaches skills such as decision-making and overcoming adversity. Students wear different color vests to represent game pieces on a grid painted on the playground, allowing them to play as a team sport and learn moves from each other. "This is an opportunity to take a game that's built for two people and open it up to 32 people instantly," Childress said.

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