Suitable chess films for school chess clubs?

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John Upham
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Suitable chess films for school chess clubs?

Post by John Upham » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:05 pm

I'd like to finish off my school chess clubs for the summer term by showing them an inspirational chess film.

The children are mostly year 3 to year 6 primary school aged children.

What would you suggest ?

The Queen of Katwe ?

Thanks for your help !

David Sedgwick
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Re: Suitable chess films for school chess clubs?

Post by David Sedgwick » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:56 pm

John Upham wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:05 pm
I'd like to finish off my school chess clubs for the summer term by showing them an inspirational chess film.

The children are mostly year 3 to year 6 primary school aged children.

What would you suggest ?

The Queen of Katwe ?

Thanks for your help !
Queen of Katwe is certainly an excellent film.

I had the privilege of seeing a preview showing at the Sinquefield Cup 2016 in St Louis. There was general amusement at the reference to Garry Kasparov - when GK himself was in the audience.

Afterwards I spoke briefly to three or four of the top GMs present. They were all very complimentary about it.

My worry is whether it could be properly appreciated by children in the age group which you mention, particularly if they know little about Africa. It would probably be fine for years 7 to 9.

That is only my opinion, of course. Moreover it is based on all the knowledge and expertise of someone who is neither a parent nor a teacher.

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