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Source : http://www.nuwireinvestor.com/articles/teaching-kids-about-money-51386.aspx

Please click HERE to read about the movie: Knights of the South Bronx. Links will open in a new window.

Teaching Kids About Money: 10 Tips
Ways for parents to teach their children about money

Published on: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Written by: Trista Winnie

Parents have been giving financial advice to their children for ages. “Neither a borrower nor a lender be,” Polonius told his son Laertes in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. As with good hygiene and good manners, most parents strive to teach their children lessons on how to be good at handling money.“If you can teach your child the difference between needs and wants, how to budget and how to save, your child will know more than many adults,” according to Scott Reeves of Forbes. “But if you get it wrong, your child is likely to join the millions of Americans who rack up huge credit card debt and get stung each month by stiff interest payments.”
In other words, no pressure.The lives of children who understand money, its value and how to handle it will be far easier than those of children who don’t.
Here are 10 tips for teaching your kids about money, focusing on saving and investing money, so they will grow up and use it responsibly.

– on the link  at the bottom of the page, where the article can be found…point 3 says…

3) Teach them critical thinking

While not directly a lesson in money, kids who learn how to think critically will make better decisions when it comes to money because they will be able to consider the short, medium and long term effects of their decisions, as well as plan for contingencies.

One great way to teach them how to plan, strategize and think critically is to teach them chess. Chess is a game in which cause and effect, concrete rules, analysis and planning for different scenarios are all crucial. Chess can also help kids hone their ability to recognize when to take risks and when to play it safe, which is a critical investment skill.

A real life example of this can be found in the story of David MacEnulty, an English teacher who taught a group of inner-city, low-income students in the South Bronx how to play chess. These students went on to compete and win in chess competitions and their critical thinking skills put them on the path to success. The story was documented in the 2005 movie, Knights of the South Bronx

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The most captivating, entertaining chess movie since Searching for Bobby Fischer! You’ll be thrilled. It’s inspirational.A business man decides that he wants to teach school in the inner city and chooses a tough school in the South Bronx. He teaches the children how to play the game of chess, and along the way they learn a lot about life.Richard’s entire class is lifted out of nothingness and boredom to fight for life, success, and the thrill of achievement! He helps his entire class discover chess one day, much to the dismay of school authorities. Richard’s mind is torn as even his wife disapproves when he turns down a lucrative job offer to stay with low-paying job… “his kids” and his class. But Richard cannot be swayed from helping the kids find new hope in life. When Richard’s class is reaching new levels of achievement in their studies the tide is turned, his wife comes to his side, and his Knights of the South Bronx battle their way to winning championships and battling all signs of defeat… often from within their own minds and ranks – their classmates. But they encourage one another and overcome, inspired by the game of chess.

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Henry Steel…..

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Henry Steel is South Africa’s Closed Chess Champion 2007. South Africa’s Closed Chess Championship took place during December, just before Christmas!
Please click HERE for the results.

Click HERE to play through the games of round 11.
This is a good end-position between Klaasen and Op’tHoff in round 11.
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On this next image you can see another good end-position of Cawdery and Mabusela’s game in round 11.

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I came across Tauriq’s blog…and he seems to be getting very excited about chess events taking place in South Africa, as his blog contains poems about different events! I think it is quite cool! Well done Tauriq! I like it! Here’s one about the Closed Championship…..enjoy!

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12 Warriors entered the circle
3 will stay in the cube
The rest must die.

9 tombs will scatter
the terrain of 64 squares
Engraved, the names of sacrifice.

But unlike most wars,

there are no funerals here.
Flowers remain strewn everywhere.
Unlike most battles,prisons have no cells,
dungeons hold no chains.

The blood is spilt in the mind,
And in this cube, only the strong remain.

The Warrior of The Grey Zone
The Guru of Soweto,
The Pretorian Prince,
And a doctor who finds
solutions in the stars,
have gathered.

Aribters stalked the main stage
And the Bard found his way
on a table among trivial manuscripts.

It was a time when the young lions
faced initiation at the hands of the elders
and ragged-toothed, smelt the shores
of Dresden.

The Guru was laid low by a swing of Steel
The Greyzone was silenced into purgatory
A man from Springbok bullied on tops boards,
while luck ran out for the man of Gluck.

Later a Berg of Will departed, forced,
as death spoke of a pawn unpromoted.
Remain the mountain, my friend.
We await with arms open on e8,
humbled as we mourn.

The doctor is yet to return from the atmosphere.

Dresden will shudder
and smile,
when we say,
” A Cube has fallen from the stars
and out of its many values…
…we will finally become understood.”
Click HERE for more chess poetry by Tauriq!

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The XX Carlos Torre Memorial took place in Mérida, Yucatán, México 15th-23rd December 2007. GM Vassily Ivanchuk has won the event after defeating GM Pentala Harikrishna in a Rapid playoff 2-0. GM Ivanchuk now has 3 titles from this event after winning in 2004 and 2006.

GM Ivanchuk defeated GM Graf in the semi final match to advance to the final while GM Harikrishna beat GM Nogueiras in the semi final match to advance to the final.

After splitting the first two games, the final match was taken to a 2 game rapid tie-break playoff. Lets take a look at these two playoff games which would lead GM Ivanchuk to the 2007 Torre Memorial title. 

Please click here to see the original article and to play through  games.

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Enjoy the movie . This entry is an updated entry. I wish you all a wonderful New Year for 2009. May it be the best year in your life. The first image is actually an animated image, click on the image to see the “animation”.

This next video is last year’s video.

 

 

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Chess is such a stimulating game to play! Every game I’m playing, turns out differently and every player is different! Did you know….chess is the sport with the most books written about? and…I’m quite sure about my following statement…chess is the sport with the most websites! Go and check them out…! You’ll come back and agree with me….
In this game, I played black. I haven’t played this player before and wasn’t sure if I would have the upperhand in this game as it seemed that he was a very strong player. Sometimes I “feel” my way through a game with a “new” player, because I believe players have their own “styles”…and tricks of course! This game is part of a 4-play-all tournament. If you look at the image of the game, you will see why I said I wasn’t sure if I had the upperhand…sadly he lost his Queen later in the game and then resigned. In both games you will see why I LOVE my Knights so much!! I don’t mind losing my Bishop…but those “horseys”! They are just  fun to have!!
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Please click Robert1979 vs. Nikita1 HERE  to play through the game. The game will open in a new window.


In this next game, the same opponent and tournament as the above game, I played white and I think I just got lucky in this game, although I got the idea later on in this game that this player was having a good Christmas or…he wasn’t focused on the board. I think you will agree with me when looking at the image and playing through the game too. He’d made some moves that I think could be prevented by examined the board firstly and by looking at the position of my pieces, but, I myself make some really bad moves from time to time and I would like to post a game or two where I really lost very badly against one of my favourite players! So, check back to see that game! I promise you a good laugh! In this game my opponent also resigned when he realised his Bishop was in danger and that there was no way out.

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Please click Nikita1 vs. Robert1979 HERE to play through the second game and it will open in a new window!

As I promised earlier in this post…have a laugh when playing through this next game!! Please click NHRon vs. Nikita1HERE to play through the most silliest game I’ve ever played against one of my favourite players! I played black and you will see how he chased my King all over the place! We always play friendlies and always have about 5 games going at any time…and I think we play each other for two years now!! At the moment, we’re having a very tight game and I nearly lost my Queen and miraculously got her saved!! Just play through the game on the second link and you will see what I mean!! though we’re still busy playing!!

Now…click Nikita1 vs. NHRon HERE to play through the game we’re  still busy playing! and see how I try to save my precious Queenie!!

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Away in a manger?

Is that where Jesus is for you?

 I came across this website and really like what Tim says here. I think that’s how many people see “Christmas”… it’s a time where some might just think about the “baby” and nothing more.
On this Christmas-link you can download a PDF document with lovely images sent to me as a Power Point slideshow. Do enjoy! The link will open in a new window. It takes a few secs to load/open as it is a big file with about 10 images.
 

 

Away in a manger

For many of us, that’s where Jesus is. A cute little baby lying in a manger. He’s smiling and cooing and generally looking harmless. He fills us with good feelings, as healthy, beautiful babies do. We never hear a whimper, never a cry. He’s the perfect baby.

It’s convenient to leave Jesus there. A harmless baby, making no demands on us. We don’t even have to change His diaper. We can go about our lives without thinking of Him, then return to the stable to find that happy, smiling baby.

Part of a nativity scene to be pulled out once a year. Almost lost among the sheep and cattle and shepherds and wise men and angels. A tiny piece in a larger set, all wrapped up in tissue paper and stored away at season’s end. Placed in a box next to Santa and his elves, right under the Christmas lights and tree decorations.

 

Away from me. Away from the real world. Tucked away, stored away. That tiny baby is part of another time, another reality. A figure from history, maybe, or maybe just a part of a legend that men have passed on for hundreds of years. Either way, that tiny baby just doesn’t seem to fit in the harsh realities of the twenty-first century.

 

If that’s your view of Jesus, I want to encourage you to take a look at what the Bible says about Him. His birth is a tiny part of the story of Jesus, so small in fact that it goes unmentioned in two of the four gospels. That manger is overshadowed in the Bible by a cross, dwarfed by the reality of an empty tomb. Jesus didn’t come to earth to be a cute baby. He came to give His life on a cross. His whole life centered around that. Having given His life, He was placed in a tomb, laid on a stone slab not unlike the stone manger where He was first placed. But, just as He left that manger years before, He left the tomb behind as well, coming forth as the conquering Lord of Lords, defeating death in one mighty act of triumph.

Away in a manger? Hardly. The risen Lord sits at the right hand of God, offering life and victory to all who would follow Him. Now that December 25 has passed, go ahead and pack away that little baby boy. But don’t think that you’ve left the Lord Jesus lying in a manger. He’s left it far behind.

Source: Tim Archer ‘s blog!

Interesting reading about the birth of Jesus on this link. The link will open in a new window.

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News Article about Alexandra: 11th January 2009…the link will open in a new window.

http://www.miamiherald.com/277/story/847451.html

Winner of the World Women Chess Championship 2008

On this link- on my blog – you can follow her games of round 5 and round 6…against Yifan of China and see more pics of her too. https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2008/09/12/alexandra-kosteniuk-winner-of-nalchik/
To be honest, I haven’t known of the existence of Alexandra before, I think there are so many Chess Grandmasters that we don’t know of, but I want to blog her, as she is a female player! and I think more should be done to attract girls to play chess. Too many girls are still thinking chess is a boy’s game. Why do you think that is? If you go to my chess links, you will find a link saying… “Tube Chess”…follow that link for some good movies about her playing chess, but also about other chess players!

Alexandra Kosteniuk is the 10th woman in the world to have ever achieved the Grandmaster (men) title. She’s rated  sixth woman in the world, and #1 woman in Russia. She has a FIDE  ELO of 2515.
Alexandra had a great success at the annual New Year Blitz tournament organized by the Deputy Economy Minister Arkady Dvorkovich in Moscow. After qualifying in the semifinals, she won convincingly the final with 8 points out of 9 ahead of GM Najer –2635–7, GM Dlugy –2518– 6.5, GM Alekseev –2716– 6, GM Bareev –2653– 4.5, GM Vasiukov –2492– 4, etc.

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