Spotlight on A.B. Day Scrabble Club


When kindergarten teacher Nancy Mines first started using Scrabble as a teaching tool, she decided to ditch the rule book for a game of her own design. So she laid the tiles out and told them to “make words.”

The youngsters responded enthusiastically, and Mines quickly realized she had a hit on her hands. The kindergartens clamored to “make words,”...

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Spotlight on the Pennsylvania State Chess Championships

2011 State Scholastic Chess Championships Highlights
The Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge: 65 Awards and Counting!
Every year, ASAP sponsors the best and most competitive chess players in the Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge to attend the PA State Scholastic Chess Championships held in Carlisle, PA. Last year’s group of nearly 50 sponsored s...

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Spotlight on J.B. Kelly Chess Club: The Victorians are Victorious


Spotlight on J.B. Kelly Chess Club: The Victorians are Victorious
Ms Whitney (far right) with her team at the League Semi-Finals
Fifth-grade learning support teacher Felicia Whitney knew her class at J.B.KellySchool in Germantown needed focus, so she turned to a game.  In October, Whitney introduced chess to the cohort, and since then the students have excelled not only in the game but in the classroom as...

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Spotlight on Jennifer Shahade, Author, Chess Expert and Friend of ASAP

Spotlight on Jennifer Shahade, Author, Chess Expert and Friend of ASAP
Longtime ASAP collaborator and supporter Jennifer Shahade recently published a chess strategy manifesto called Play Like a Girl! The book features advice and tactics from some of the greatest women chess champions of all time. Shahade, a two-time U.S. women’s chess champion herself, said she hopes that the book will inspire young women to pursue c...

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Spotlight on the Philadelphia Scholastic Chess League: Elementary School West Division

Spotlight on the Philadelphia Scholastic Chess League: Elementary School West Division
Each Thursday afternoon, Room 6 at Rudolph Blankenburg School in West Philadelphia undergoes a remarkable transformation. Under the direction of Blankenburg chess coach Mikyel El-Mekki, a cadre of young students re-arranges chairs, unpacks chess sets, and prepares paperwork, converting this grade school science classroom into a makeshift...

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