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  • Alexander Nikolaevich Tishkov

    Career: Trainer-teacher of Chess, Candidate of Sport Mastery, Trainer of 1st category, Judge of 1st category.

    Years of experience: 15 years in the profession.

    Awards: Champion of the city numerous times; Trophy winner of the city; Participant in international matches, trophy competitions of Russia and championship matches in Russia.

    Students: Many of Alexander’s students have participated in and several have won prizes in international matches; there are those who have become champions of the city and region, and some have reached various high levels of Chess Mastery – some to the point of becoming Candidates of Sport Mastery themselves.

    Alexander was very humble about bringing forth his biography for OC’s website. But he did enjoy sharing his irrefutable belief that developing skills in chess is invaluable to children.

    “The usefulness of learning to play chess is massive, as has been noted by many master chess players for centuries. Renowned politicians, philosophers and learned people have played chess, as well as writers, artists and musicians.”

    “In the process of playing chess, two spheres of the brain are being simultaneously used – and with synchronicity; the resulting harmonious brain development is considered the fundamental usefulness of chess. The left sphere of the brain that answers to the logical component, works on building up the construction of competent and consecutive thinking skills. The right sphere of the brain answers to the modelling and creating of possible situations. Thinking strategies during chess matches, trigger an active growth in logical as well as in abstract thinking. The player uses long-term as well as short-term memory, enlisting at the same time the stimulation of visual, numeral, colourful information.”

    Alexander brings his passion for chess with him to OC, and his students in our school are definitely ignited!

    Because OC’s children are little, they cannot comprehend, on a brain level, that which is happening in their development, but Alexander does, and with his gentle and patient nature, he is able to move children forward, step by step. He loves to share with OC what ‘his’ children have learned, while they are thinking how much fun they are having! And even runs chess tournaments in the spring.

    “The ability to predict the outcome, the striving to learn to be able to guess all of the possible choices and outcomes of the play, the ability to make quick decisions and to move with purpose: these are the basic learning skills that a chess player receives.”

    Alexander’s final words are about the young child: “An undisputed usefulness of a youngster being introduced to chess early is that the child gains a powerful push in development, both in the intellectual and in the personal areas. Besides the fact that a child actively progresses in his thinking, he also gains in the ability to concentrate and remember; he forms such important characteristics as emotional stability, strong will, determination and the striving to succeed. Failing to win every game teaches a child about overcoming losses with honour and with worthiness, to relate to himself with some self-criticism, and to analyze personal actions, – all very necessary life’s experiences.”