The Chess Playing “K” Brothers. Super kids learning a super game

The Chess Playing “K” Brothers. Super kids learning a super game

Go to any scholastic chess tournament and you’ll see the “K” brothers, Kavish (age 14) and Krish (age 9) Patel. They have been taking chess lessons and playing for 3 years.

Now, the COVID-19 virus has altered some of their chess plans. Kavish had hoped to be on the Jesuit High School chess team, playing in the high school chess league, but it now meets through chess.com instead of in person. He has to compete remotely in on-line chess tournaments and in Skype games with friends.

What Kavish likes about chess is that it taught him to stop and think more carefully when facing problems, including with other activities like robotics.

Krish attends Montessori School of Beaverton on-line. He also plays chess on-line and with friends. He is part of a Lego Robotics team. They both miss going to tournaments and seeing and playing with friends but they are having fun taking chess lessons on Skype with Coach Larry.

Checkmate! Krish’s amazing play by play.

  • White: Unknown
  • Black: Krish Patel
  1. d4, Nf6
  2. Nc3, e6
  3. e4, b6
  4. e5, Nd5
  5. Nxd5, exd5
  6. c4, dexc4
  7. Bxc4, (White stands better with more space in the center and a piece in play.) 7…Bb7
  8. d5, f6 (Black is weakening the kingside.)
  9. exf6, Qxf6
  10. Nf3, Bd6 (Black is playing to control and attack the white king.)
  11. Bg5, Qg6
  12. Qe2+, Kf8 (Wrong side. The black king should go to d8, leaving the e and f files open for the rook.)
  13. 00, c6
  14. dxc6, Nc6 (White’s center control is gone.)
  15. Be7+, Be7
  16. Ne5, Nxe5
  17. Qxe5, Qxg2 Checkmate. (Always look for checks, captures and threats.).

Why learn chess? Simple: It’s a great mental workout that helps children perform well in the classroom. Chess is a logical game where kids have to plan ahead and adjust to new situations. But most of all, its fun! Larry Ball (Coach Larry) teaches students of all ages at the Steinitz Chess Academy in Beaverton. For more information, email Larry at larryball48@yahoo.com.