Thursday, January 17, 2019
Monday, January 7, 2019
It is in this way that chess and managing personal finances share some striking similarities. To manage your finances correctly, you must build a strategy, understand how to apply this strategy, and outmaneuver your opponents (namely bankruptcy, credit debt, and student loans) so that you can ultimately triumph. Personal finance is not a game of luck. Sure, we can’t decide our starting point in life, as we can our first move in chess. However, we can decide our subsequent moves, and to begin with an understanding of the dangers and pitfalls of mismanaging your finances is an excellent starting point. That’s where DoughMain Financial Literacy Foundation comes in. We are a New Jersey-based non-profit whose mission is to educate the youth of our country and aid them in understanding what personal finances are all about. We believe that it is imperative that the high school students of today become the financially literate adults of tomorrow, and hopefully that they will be able to execute their own unique strategies when it comes to finances so that they can avoid financial ruin.
To introduce our financial literacy program we have designed an intensive, 60-hour curriculum known as the FitKit which can be taught in all public school systems and has been tailored to the individual needs of the students. Through the program, students learn an array of important information regarding personal finance. They are shown how to balance a checkbook, manage a bank account, and avoid credit debt and the dangers of utilizing rotating credit. They also have a little fun along the way; DoughMain Financial Literacy Foundation offers online games and video content throughout the program to ensure the curriculum is interactive and relevant to our youth.
In chess, the necessity of preparation cannot be understated. As with anything competitive, practice makes perfect, and having an understanding of the fundamentals sets the Chess Masters apart from the amateur enthusiasts. The same can be said for managing personal finances. It begins with learning the basics, implementing what you have learned in a positive and constructive way, and then creating an idiosyncratic strategy that fits you individually. DoughMain Financial Literacy Foundation wants to help give students the jumpstart they need to lead financially successful lives that are free of unnecessary debt. That way, they will have more time to focus on improving that chess game of theirs.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
E: Tell me a little about Dance Together NYC.
S: I love to create a community where people think they do not have rhythm and will find out that’s not true and they could happily navigate the dance floor. They can check something off their bucket list and fulfill a dream. They were nervous and didn’t think they could dance. My passion is to show that everyone is a dancer.
E: What ages and skill levels do you deal with? S: My earliest student ever was 2.5 in diapers. My oldest client was 75 years-old. The peak group is mid-20s to 60s. Range is from total beginners, never having step foot onto dance floor, to people who have taken classes elsewhere.
E: What types of dance do you teach?
S: I teach the whole spectrum of Latin and Ballroom dancing; e.g, Swing, Salsa, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-cha, Hustle, etc.
E: How long have you been teaching dance?
S: I have taught for 15+ years.
E: Tell us a little about your own dance career.
S: I started out Latin Ballroom back home in Cologne, Germany when I was 7 as a social activity. It turned into a competitive style when I was 11. When I came here in my 20s, I shifted my focus to perform more and choreograph based on songs.
E: Tell us a little about the difference of performing and competing in Germany and the U.S.
S: One major difference was the financial aspect. In Germany, you didn’t have to pay admissions fees to the dance clubs, regional and national competitions. In Germany within a radius of 60 kilometers, I could compete in six different locations. When I came here, the competition was not as developed so I had to fly to all of the competitions and stay in hotels and pay registration fees.
E: Describe your teaching methodology.
S:What differentiates me is that I try to design a curriculum according to their capabilities and learning curve and push them as much as I can without underwhelming them. I have a good intuition about what’s too much and too little. I have an analytical mind which helps me see where something needs to be corrected and how to correct it. My goal is to get you on the dance floor as fast as possible and to be creative.
E: What is the correlation of dance and chess?
S: To navigate the dance floor, you need to pre-think your next move. Even though you need to be specific, you want to think the big picture. Pieces have a way of moving but you also want to be open minded so you don’t need to make the same sequences of moves according to a recipe. You have to be a quick decision maker in both chess and dance. From a leader and follower’s perspective, you need to be in the moment and react accordingly. In documentaries, they teach chess players how to be relaxed and grounded. In dance, you can tense up as you need to rest in your mind to not get lost in the forest.
E: Tell us how you help students make quick decisions.
S: We do breathing so muscles stay lose. We calm minds down by seeing ourselves in slow motion so we can become fast. To be fast, you need to slow down. In the beginning that could be difficult so I often stay slow down and throw in different moves.
E: What main lessons can chess players learn through dance?
S: One lesson is to be physical in the flow. Even though you are sitting and thinking, there should be a flow.
E: What can dancers learn through chess?
S: I think focus and concentration can help get the point across to your partner. You need to sharp, especially as a leader. Chess players forget their surroundings. It would be interesting to see how chess can expand to a group experience.
E: is there anything else you like an add?
S: If you were to play a game as a group, give everyone input and see where this will go. It would be interesting to see how people can play without commenting.
E: Thank you. We do often actually do this in tandem simuls. If anyone has questions, what’s the best way to contact you?
S: email@example.com, http://www.dancetogethernyc.com
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
by Jack Mo, 1st Annual Make a Difference in Africa Trip Volunteer (June 11-18, 2018)
|Jack giving a lesson on basic|
|Christopher at Demo Board. |
In background, is Eric, who won our in-class tournament.
Make a Difference Now (MAD) has affected your life.
If there is one thing we can improve on for our next teaching trip to Royal School, what would it be?
Minimize the speed of teaching and have a Swahili translator.
Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with Premier Chess volunteer team?
The experience with chess has helped me think mathematically.
If I may, would love to ask you two follow up questions:
Can chess program be part of employment to people? If so, how?
Chess can absolutely be a platform of employment. I teach students in the classroom and individually either in-person or online. If you are interested in learning more about how you can make money through chess, the other volunteers and I would love to provide some guidance.
Are there several teams/ chess clubs in your home area?
For more insights about our 2018 trip, see CEO National Master Evan Rabin's article in the December issue of Chess Life. Apply for 2019 trip, which will take place July 11-18, here!
Friday, November 16, 2018
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
This Friday, November 9, World Champion Magnus Carlsen will take on Fabiano Caruana, the first American challenger since Bobby Fischer in 1972 in the first game of the 2018 World Championship Match in London!
In 2016, I had the opportunity to attend one of the games of the match Magnus played against Challenger Sergey Karjakin in our home turf of New York City. I even had the honor of getting on Norweigian television as I stood by Magnus' manager Espen Agdestein during the press conference!:
One day in 2000, my former teach Alan Kantor took me to the tournament, warning me that as a 1000-rated player, I would likely lose all of my games. After losing eight or nine straight games, I saw an eight-year old kid and thought to my self "Wow- I could finally win a game in this tournament". I started playing against him and he blundered a queen. Sure enough I ended up blundering one back and went on to lose the game. I asked him what his name and rating was; he shockingly told me he was "Fabiano Caruana" and had a rating of 1833. At the time, I heard of his name but didn't know what he looked like.
Since that day, I had the pleasure of watching Fabiano grow up a chess player in New York. Gary Ryan, the co-organizer of our 1st Annual Grace Church School and Brooklyn Friends School Grand Prix, was one his first teachers.
One day many up and coming juniors, including GM Robert Hess, GM Marc Arnold, Fabiano and I were running around, letting off some steam between rounds at a Marshall Chess Club tournament. Fabiano's father Lou told him he couldn't hang out with us and had to prepare for the next game.
A year or two later, Fabiano was already a strong master and moved to Europe to take chess on as a full-time career. I do have the honor of being able to say I drew him in one action game at one of his last few tournaments at the Marshall before he moving to Europe when he was already a master: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?200410164710-12743305.
In 2006, I saw Fabiano at the Eastern Open when his dad Lou expressed how that was one of the few tournaments he would play at the U.S at the time as it was mostly 1 game per day.
In 2015, Fabiano returned to the United States, living in St. Louis and has been the top player in the country.
To date, Fabiano has played Magnus in 33 classical games. These were the results:
-10 Magnus wins
-5 Fabiano wins
The match, which will last from 11/9 to 11/28, will be directed by Stephane Escate from France.
Time Magazine, NY Times and The Guardian have already covered articles about match; let's see how much the major publications cover the match as it begins.
While you can follow the mainstream media, you can also keep up with the match via these four platforms:
2)Revealing the Power of Chess to the World of Business & Finance/ World Championship Update, 11/15