for Thought Software, Inc.
Ms. Leslie Lipschultz, Vice-President
LIKE A KING SOFTWARE SERIES FOR SCHOLASTIC CHESS
Software Tools to MAKE CHESS YOUR
HIGHLAND PARK -- Does your school have
a Chess Club or do you want to start one? Food for Thought
Software, Inc. announces the release of its Think
Like a KingT Software series -- inexpensive, fully
integrated modular software components designed to enhance
existing chess clubs or make it easier to introduce
chess to your school.
No other software series is designed specifically for
this purpose. In fact, because of its unique approach
and substantial potential for expanding and enhancing
scholastic chess opportunities, the United States
Chess Federation (USCF) has given our foundation program,
Chess Club Managerİ, its exclusive endorsement.
Why Chess at school? Not just because Chess has long
been shown to improve critical thinking skills and attitudes
important to academic success, but because it's time
kids learned that thinking is as legitimate and enjoyable
a competitive activity as any sport!! One of the significant
advantages of our series is that kids will be drawn
to chess not only as an intellectual activity (which
many resist) -- but as a school sport. The pool
of students interested in chess is, therefore, likely
to expand in schools using our system because of the
inherent attraction of sports.
Used together, our Think Like a KingT software components
will provide the basic curricular, motivational and
management tools needed to establish and sustain a truly
successful and exciting school chess program. With
our system, the chess learning process is made easier
and infinitely more fun and rewarding than when traditional
methods are used. While chess books are an important
learning resource, students are sometimes overwhelmed
by the constant back-and-forth struggle between text
and static diagrams; the interactive quality of our
tutorials, allowing students to experiment with moving
pieces as they read the text, or watch pieces move automatically,
greatly enhances the quality of the learning experience.
Even non-chess playing teachers or volunteers will be
able to educate and motivate students, and club management
is simplified and streamlined enormously with Chess
Club Managerİ* ($74.95 + tax, shipping and handling).
Using this software, coaches are able to electronically
maintain rosters, track player progress and standings,
create custom Award Certificates and perform dozens
of other functions. We also offer a 32 page manual entitled
"How to Organize a School Chess Club," free of charge
to interested schools.
Our tutorials, Your First Lessons in Chessİ*
($19.95 + tax, s/h) and the Chess Workoutsİ**
series ($15.95/'book' + tax, s/h), can be used by students
at school or at home; a special electronic scoring feature
(as well as other scoring options) allow the Workoutsİ
scores for chess reading, puzzles and problems to be
processed through Chess Club Managerİ. Students not
having access to home computers can be provided with
chess puzzle printouts created with Chess Club Managerİ
(at no extra cost!) and their work can still be scored
and entered. Custom Award Certificates can then be printed
out to recognize students for their many accomplishments
as chess "learners" and "players".
Our Chess Workoutsİ series is being authored
by David MacEnulty, one of the foremost chess coaches
in the New York City Public School system and one of
the most experienced chess teachers in the entire country.
An ever-expanding library of interactive chess 'books'
for beginning through advanced scholastic players, these
tutorials are designed to pick up where Your First Lessons
in Chessİ ends.
A School Software "Book" Club approach is available
to chess coaches interested in ensuring that students
take full advantage of learning materials; school premiums
(free software, award certificate paper, chess videos)
are available with minimum purchase.
Beyond the advantages of learning how to play chess
with our software, students are able to enhance their
computer literacy skills using Chess Club Managerİ through
data base management and other 'real-world' applications.
The response of chess coaches, students and parents
who have used our software as part of our beta testing,
or who have seen these products at tournaments, has
been uniformly enthusiastic!
Mac now. PC in future
version: Mac now. PC in future
Home version: Mac or PC
Club Managerİ: Mac: 68030 (68040
preferred) or PowerPC, and a 640 x 480 resolution 256
color monitor. You should allow 6 MB of hard drive space.
Once installed, CCM requires 5 MB of available RAM to
Your First Lessons in Chessİ: Mac: Same
as above, but only 4 MB of hard drive space
Mac: 68030 (68040 preferred) or PPC; System 7;
5 MB available RAM; 1.5 MB disk space; 256 color 640
x 480 monitor.
Chess Workoutsİ: PC: 100% Windows 95-compatible
computer system (NOTE: Will work on Windows 3.1 operating
system, but not supported); 2 MB of hard drive space;
800 x 600 high resolution color monitor.
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