Just for Fun: ASAP Holiday Gift Guide

For your Scrabblulous Friends
Just for Fun: ASAP Holiday Gift Guide


There are now tons of addicting variations on the board game Scrabble- including the new Scrabble Flash Game, where you have to unscramble letters before time runs out. Great for parties or for playing solo.

Scrabble Flash, 19.98, from amazon.com


For your Siblings, whom you’re Always Debating With


A subscription to the...

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Behind the Scenes at an ASAP Chess Tournament

Behind the Scenes at an ASAP Chess Tournament

 

As a relative newcomer to the world of chess, I expected silence when I arrived at my first ASAP chess tournament. But when I entered the halls of Community College of Philadelphia a few weeks ago, I was surprised that the chess playing was audible. Inside the divided main room, the sounds of over 200 children shuffling, sighing, coughing and...

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Youth Development and the Sixth C

Youth Development and the Sixth C
ASAP Coach Gil Motley and one of his students
When we talk about after school programming, we often focus on skills gained. And some of the links seem obvious: chess improves critical thinking, Scrabble improves spelling, debate helps with public speaking. But many of us recognize that something else can be gained from involvement in after school...

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Debate Off to a Strong Start


Debate Off to a Strong Start
Students plan their debate strategy
 If any sense of after-hours calm ever pervades CentralHigh School after the final bell, there is none of it to be found on Wednesday afternoons. Instead, you will likely find over 100 high school students from all over the city preparing for their debate competitions.     Some school...

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Susan Polgar on the Importance of Chess: “Make it Part of the Curriculum”

Susan Polgar on the Importance of Chess: “Make it Part of the Curriculum”
Susan Polgar with Vanita Young, a Philly chess player,
at Polgar's All-Girls Chess Invitational earlier this summer.

Susan Polgar has long been an advocate for chess, particularly for girls, whose numbers drop severely after 4th and 5th grade. In an article in Saturday’s New York Times, Polgar spoke with reporter James Warren about her efforts and t
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