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Louisiana Tech UniversityProfessor Bernd S. W. Schröder, PhD,
Program Chair of Mathematics, Louisiana Tech University.

In this impartial and thorough academic analysis, Professor Bernd S. W. Schröder PhD, the Edmondson/Crump Professor of Mathematics, Academic Director and Program Chair of the Program of Mathematics and Statistics at Louisiana Tech University, critically examines the educational value of Yamie Chess: The Adventures of Tigermore and the Mind Angels, for K-8 students' math learning in school.

1.  Introduction 2.  Professor Schröder's analysis of Yamie Chess 3.  More about the Expert 4.  Suggested Reading and Related Articles Introduction

Professor Schröder, who is an internationally-respected mathematician, and who has raised four daughters, has authored more than thirty refereed journal articles in his areas of research interest, which include ordered sets, probability theory, graph theory, harmonic analysis, computer science, and math education.

Professor Schröder is the author of Fundamentals of Mathematics: An Introduction to Proofs, Logic, Sets, and Numbers; Mathematical Analysis: A Concise Introduction, and A Workbook for Differential Equations. All three are published by Wiley and are currently used across the United States at university level by experienced U.S. math educators. Professor Schröder concludes that Yamie Chess is relevant educational material.

Professor Schröder's analysis of Yamie Chess

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Top-quoteYamie Chess Review By Louisiana Tech University's Academic Director and Program Chair of Math Education

By Prof. Bernd S. W. Schröder, PhD, Mathematics, Kansas State University and Louisiana Tech University

Date: November 3, 2013

Copyright © 2013 Professor Bernd S. W. Schröder, PhD. All Rights Reserved.

Permission to reprint this educational article on Yamie Chess Ltd's website was directly obtained from Professor Schröder in writing.

Yamie Chess aims to use an engaging story to teach young readers how to play chess. Explaining how the pieces move is, necessarily, a lot of information at the start, but it is presented in a nicely layered fashion.

As the story unfolds, a classic game between two grandmasters (Zukertort vs. Andersson, Berlin, 1865) is recreated.

latech-math-departmentAlthough the game is short (12 moves), it showcases most of the pieces’ moves as well as how the positioning of your own pieces affects the game.

With chess puzzles that are integrated throughout the story, the reader is exposed to “what if” scenarios that can help the reader become familiar with the way the pieces move as well as with the strategic aspects of the game.

The illustrations that connect the story to the game capture the most important part of the board setup with cartoon characters.

Because it takes time to adequately absorb the information, the book is kept in black and white and serves as a coloring book, too.

The book does not solely focus on chess, though.

Using a “mathematics is fun” approach, a multitude of non-chess puzzles is weaved into the Yamie Chess exposition, too.

Many puzzles are the type of questions that people interested in mathematics really ask themselves in daily life, be it out of necessity (“Does my car have enough gas for the trip?”) or, well, because mathematics is fun after all (“Is that number a prime number?”).

The book certainly should not be read in one sitting.

Reminders that you can bookmark a page and come back later reinforce this approach without being preachy. Depending on the reader’s grade level, some puzzles will not be accessible, and here, too, remarks that puzzles can be revisited help.

In any kind of learning, it is important to take a long-term view.

The necessary patience can be acquired by challenging yourself, as is attempted here.

By itself, this one story that exposes the reader to one chess game and some mathematics puzzles will only be one contribution to the reader’s development. However, there are plenty of loose ends left to pursue.

The biggest loose end is the chess set itself, which can of course be used long after the story is only a distant memory.

[Similar to how my distant memory tells me that I once replayed the very same game with my father.]

Within the book, neat facts from physics are weaved in throughout the early exposition of the pieces and just about every name of a place in The Mind Kingdom is worth googling.

The book is probably best read with someone. When reading it with a parent, a teacher, a class, or a friend, it can serve as a conversation starter for many discussions about chess, about numbers, about mathematics, or about the story itself.

As such, Yamie Chess is very nice open-ended educational reading.Bottom-quote

More about the Expert

book iconU.S. Mathematics Professor Bernd S. W. Schröder, PhD, is Edmondson/Crump Professor of Mathematics, Academic Director, and Program Chair of the Program of Mathematics and Statistics at Louisiana Tech University, which is a Tier 1 national research university located in north central Louisiana. Professor Schröder holds a M.S. and PhD in Mathematics from Kansas State University.

At Louisiana Tech University, College of Engineering and Science, Professor Schröder has been named as a Board of Regents Endowed Professor, and won both the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching, Research and Service and the T.L. James Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching. Professor Schröder has worked at all levels of the U.S. education system, including with high school teachers and he is a professional member of the American Mathematical Society.

Professor Schröder has been extensively published at both the national and international level. In addition to being the author of several important curriculum math textbooks published by Wiley, Professor Schröder is the author of over thirty refereed math journal articles. He is an internationally-respected field expert on ordered sets, probability theory, graph theory, harmonic analysis, computer science, and math education.

Professor Schröder has organized and taught mathematics events for McGraw-Hill, the Mathematical Association of America and the U.S. Government's National Science Foundation.

Professor Schröder has conducted research for the U.S. Government and worked as a Principal Investigator for the United States Armed Forces' Office of Naval Research. Professor Schröder is married and has raised four daughters with his wife.

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