This is our attempt to do some crowdfunding with a difference–we use our own platform so we save the fees and you get a tax-receipt!
Back in 1993, Sunil and Ed Eusebi published “Best Lessons of a Chess Coach” (McKay Chess Library/Random House)… it sold almost 30,000 copies, a solid performance for a chess book not targeted to beginners. Since I (Robert McLellan) joined NSCF in 2014, I have been told by many people how important this book has been to their development as chess players and complaining that the book has been out of print for so long. I have been hounding Sunil to do a new edition and it is finally moving forward.
The 25th anniversary edition is being entirely re-written to improve the instruction, add two new lessons (so that will be 12, instead of 10) and update many of the supplemental/illustrative games. Now Sunil and Ed’s time should be compensated by some small amount of royalties, but there are up-front expenses that we need to cover and that is where you come in.
We have travel and editing costs, plus we want to do a new cover with professional photography, and we have online bonus materials planned, including Sunil actually teaching one of the supplemental lessons online. We need to raise $12,000 by early September to meet our target to have the book out by the end of this year. We will be doing the photo and video shoots in late September.
Want to help? We have some great rewards as our thanks for your support.
- Donate $75 or more and receive your choice of a) a copy of “Great Moves: Learning Chess Through History” which we can mail this week OR b) a copy of the “Best Lessons of a Chess Coach” 2018, as soon as it is published. (Let us know in the comments box which gift you would prefer.)
- Donate $150 or more and receive an autographed copy of Best Lessons print edition and the digital interactive edition of the book.
- Honor Roll Supporter: For your gift of $500 or more, receive the autographed print edition, the digital edition, an invitation to Sunil’s supplemental lecture video shoot and your name on the Honor Roll of our book website: BestLessonsChess.org
- Super Supporter: For your gift of $2,000 or more, receive the autographed print edition, the digital edition, your name on the Honor Roll of our book website, an invitation to Sunil’s supplemental lecture video shoot and acknowledgement in the book!
The new edition of Best Lessons is part of a curriculum-development plan we are working on to provide high quality chess education materials, including materials that will make connections between chess and other academic pursuits. Whatever level of support you choose to make, please know that you are helping provide quality chess education for the next generation of aspiring chess players.
Recently, Sunil marked 40 years as a chess educator. Over his career he has had the pleasure of seeing many of his students go on to master level and above, and to represent the US in chess competitions around the world. And he's had countless national champions, both team and individual. But even more important are the students who have gone on to success in college and in life who reach out to him to tell him how studying chess was instrumental in their later success. Our 40th Anniversary Appeal is focused on helping to package up what Sunil has figured out by trial and error so that countless more students can benefit from scholastic chess.
NSCF curriculum development programs are helping to expand the use of chess to improve outcomes in American education.
Over the past four years, the NSCF has developed and piloted a teacher training program comprised of two eight-hour workshops and additional online support. Over 440 teachers in schools and community programs in Broward County, Florida have completed at least one workshop. Dozens of free chess programs in schools, summer camps and other centers serving young people have opened throughout the county. Click the blue link to read a short summary report on the Next Move Chess Initiative from June 2015 through December 2016. You can also click here to read the October 2014 to May 2015 report.
Your support will help us take this program to other communities across the nation. (We've already trained 30 teachers in Fresno County, California!)
In addition, Sunil and the NSCF team have completed a new blended learning textbook that teaches chess and social studies. Entitled "Great Moves: Learning Chess Through History," the goal of this project is to use chess to increase cultural literacy among middle school students. (More info here.)
We are now working on a new curriculum program to bring chess to early learners (pre-K and kindergarten) and a 25th Anniversary edition of Sunil's book (co-authored with Ed Eusebi), "Best Lessons of a Chess Coach" for intermediate students, and above.
Your support will help us grow these efforts. Thank you for your kind consideration.
After 3 years of diligent work, our book "Great Moves: Learning Chess Through History" is finally available.
Here's the back cover copy and some great endorsements from two of our early readers:
“The development of a chess player runs parallel with chess itself; a study of the history of playing methods therefore has great practical value.” – Former World Chess Champion, Grandmaster Dr. Max Euwe
What’s the best way to learn chess? Great Moves: Learning Chess Through History blends the intricacies of chess play with the game’s compelling and colorful history, putting real people at the 64 squares. Tracing the development of chess from its origins in ancient India, the authors take the student on a far-ranging journey through the palaces of medieval and Renaissance Europe to the cafés of the Enlightenment and the dawn of the Industrial Age, with a focus on the leading personalities of the royal game and on their contributions to understanding of it. Rogues and champions, tragic as well as inspirational human stories all serve as the backdrop for illustrative games and exercises of increasing complexity highlighting their discoveries, and invite the student to grasp the potential of chess to fascinate. Much more than a primer for beginning chess players and their teachers, Great Moves shines a light on the lives of famous players of bygone eras, helping experienced players to fi ll in the gaps in their chess culture.
“Sunil Weeramantry & Co. have delivered a long needed scholastic workbook that places chess within the history of ideas and brings students into practical contact with the evolution of chess thought.” – Dr. Jeff Bulington, Nationally Recognized Chess Educator
“An exciting new idea which makes the game’s rich history come alive, I can see Great Moves becoming as popular with adults as it will surely be for students.” – Judit Polgar, Grandmaster and Chess Educator
Find more reviews and bonus materials at www.GreatMovesChess.org.
Order directly: donate $35 (or more) to NSCF and we'll send you a copy (includes postage).
The NSCF provides scholarships on the basis of need to help students participate in chess tournaments. You can help by sponsoring a child at a tournament. A donation of $50 will pay the entry fee for one NSCF chess tournament plus membership dues in the US Chess Federation for one year. A donation of $412 pays for 10 tournaments and a USCF membership for the same child.
The NSCF helps Title 1 schools provide curricular chess instruction for their students. You can help schools in low-income areas offer chess as a means of improving educational outcomes. A donation of $5,000 covers the cost of 20 weeks of chess instruction (teacher plus materials) to two classes in a grade level. You can contribute all or a portion of the cost.