Name of the Game: Chess in Real Life
What is NOTG?
NOTG is a course designed to assist youth in the
journey of everyday living.
NOTG uses the ancient game of chess to provide life
lessons and enable youth to apply the lessons learned
on the chess board to the game of life. By tapping into
the affinity today’s youth have for competition and Hip
Hop, NOTG conveys these lessons to the youth in a
manner that is familiar and consequently, more readily
accepted into youth culture and psyche.
What are some benefits of chess?
Chess develops memory, improves concentration,
develops logical thinking, promotes imagination and
creativity, inspires self-motivation, rewards hard work
and has been shown to improve schoolwork and grades.
-Adapted from "research and benefits of chess" by
How does Chess Impact the young mind?
- Chess provides a far greater quantity of
problems for practice.
- Chess offers immediate punishments and
rewards for problem solving.
- Chess creates a pattern or thinking system
that, when used faithfully, breeds success.
Chess playing students are accustomed to
looking for more and different alternatives,
which result in higher scores in fluency and
- Chess provides healthy competition.
Competition fosters interest, promotes mental
alertness, challenges all students, and elicits
the highest levels of achievement.
- A learning environment organized around
games has a positive effect on students'
attitudes toward learning. This affective
dimension acts as a facilitator of cognitive
Adopted from L.E. Allen & D.B. Main, ``Effect of
Instructional Gaming on Absenteeism: the First Step,''
|How do I get NOTG for my program?
Organize a class at your school or community center or for tournament information, contact: