From cognitive development and STEM intellectual skills for math learning, including critical and abstract thinking, problem-solving, visuo-spatial reasoning, imagination and memory function, to fine motor skills and social/emotional nurturing for childhood well-being; Yamie Chess® offers parents and educators a comprehensive suite of child developmental benefits for both girls and boys in the K-8 educational bracket, backed up by the proven learning benefits of classic chess »
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Table of contents - Yamie Chess® K-8 math education series
- Educational reviews - from leading, internationally-respected U.S. math and STEM educators, professional scientists and chess experts »
- Yamie Chess® series overview - [ includes audio narration ]
- Unlocking math learning - through classic chess and cartoons »
- Mathematical chess explorer - for children's cognitive development »
- USA tournament-sized chess set - designed for little hands »
- The interactive learning experience - centered on K-8 math education »
- Schools, chess clubs & classrooms - Made in America for rigorous use »
- Yamie Chess® School Club - after-school program use »
- Pricing information »
- Product specifications »
- Educational toy safety information »
- What's included in the box »
- Additional product information »
- Cartoon future: part 2 in the math series [Educational animated DVD]
Yamie Chess Ltd works with six math Ph.D.s from top U.S. universities.
Internationally respected Harvard mathematician, Professor Christian Hesse, Ph.D., contributed hours in pre-publication support to Yamie Chess® as a Harvard math expert.
"Next to the chessic aspects, the mathematical topics are at the center of the book: Here the readers are exposed to sets and Venn diagrams, numbers and raising them to powers, fractions and triangles including the theorem of Pythagoras. In terms of special numbers, the Fibonacci sequence appears. Yamie Chess is a beautiful, inspiring and very valuable educational tool. Teaching chess and math in a playful manner, embedding both in a fantasy story, is a great approach. The outcome is a feel-good-book for children and their parents with great pedagogical value. I recommend it highly."
- Professor Hesse, Ph.D., Math, Harvard University
Read about Professor Hesse's endorsement »
Endorsed by former undisputed World Chess Champions GM Kramnik and GM Anand as an international chess authority, Professor Christian Hermann Hesse holds an MS and Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics from Harvard University, and an MA in Mathematics from Indiana University Bloomington. After teaching math at Harvard, Professor Hesse was on the Mathematics Faculty at the University of California-Berkeley, until 1991. Professor Hesse is a bestselling chess author. He fully supports and praises Yamie Chess® as a math learning aid.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Math Ph.D., Professor Michael Ching's expert analysis of the Yamie Chess® math learning aid for STEM education
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Yamie Chess comic. It brings imagination and fantasy to the basic game of chess, making it easy to pick up this classic skill, while simultaneously reinforcing key mathematical ideas. I expect children of all ages will find it inspiring and interesting. I strongly recommend it."
- Professor Michael Ching, Ph.D., Math, MIT
Read Professor Ching's full educational analysis »
One of America's best mathematicians, Professor Michael Ching earned a Ph.D. in Math from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). An award-winning math educator, Professor Ching is the former J.J. Sylvester Assistant Professor of Math at Johns Hopkins University, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Georgia, and he is currently Associate Professor of Math at Amherst College. Professor Ching has an academic background as a post-graduate honors mathematician and Kennedy Scholar from Trinity College, University of Cambridge.
Professor Ashley Ahlin's analysis of the Yamie Chess® math learning aid - the view of a University of Chicago math Ph.D.
"My own children (ages 7 and 9) were very interested in the book; they reported that both the story and the chess game were very exciting. While reading through the book, chess became one of their favorite activities, as they traced the game played out in the book, as well as playing their own games with tactics they read about. They also enjoyed solving the math problems as they worked through the text. Yamie Chess is the best product I’ve seen for children to learn chess via an engaging fantasy storyline."
- Professor Ashley Ahlin, Ph.D., Math, UChicago
Read Professor Ahlin's full educational analysis »
One of the America's top mathematics lecturers, Professor Ashley Ahlin earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago and has been on the Mathematics Faculty at Vanderbilt University as a Senior Mathematics Lecturer since 2002. Professor Ahlin is a stay-at-home mom with her three kids, who were given special pre-publication access to playtest Yamie Chess® as part of Professor Ahlin's independent, expert review.
Warner Bros. Pictures' Harry Potter chess consultant, U.S. International Master Jeremy Silman, analyzes the Yamie Chess® math learning aid for parents and educators.
"I highly recommend Yamie Chess: The Adventures of Tigermore & The Mind Angels. A beautifully drawn, deeply conceived, emotionally compelling fantasy adventure....your newfound knowledge of chess will seamlessly blend into math lessons, physics, and moral imperatives. When a child learns how to play chess, adds a lot to his or her science education, and has a wonderful time walking through a rich fantasy world, you can’t go wrong!"
- International Master Jeremy Silman
Read IM Jeremy Silman's full analysis »
An internationally-respected chess expert, bestselling author and leading chess educator, International Master Jeremy Silman served as Warner Bros. Pictures' Harry Potter chess consultant. IM Jeremy Silman, who helped create the famous chess scene with Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the Harry Potter motion picture, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner Bros. Pictures, 2001), is one of the few U.S. chess players to have accomplished the intellectual feat of winning all three of titles of the American Open, the National Open, and the U.S. Open. As a preeminent U.S. chess authority, IM Silman has also served as a consultant on numerous box-office and HBO productions in addition to Harry Potter, and he has contributed important pre-publication support to Yamie Chess®.
2-time United States Chess Champion and Women's Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade, writes her post-collaborative analysis of Yamie Chess® for parents and educators
"Yamie Chess will provide hours of fun for children. As an educator and chess master for over 15 years, Yamie Chess also inspires me to think of how we can expand our use of chess as an educational tool. The Yamie Chess comic shows children that with bravery, hard work and imagination, we can all achieve more than we thought possible. I highly recommend Yamie Chess to educators and parents and am enthusiastic about the next chapter of this exciting new take on chess, learning and creativity."
- 2-time USA Women's Chess Champion and Women's Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade
Read U.S. Chess Champion Jennifer Shahade's full educational analysis »
An international chess icon, Jennifer Shahade is a 2-time United States Women's Chess Champion (2002, 2004), Women's Grandmaster, internationally-respected chess authority, writer, coach, leading chess educator and Yamie Chess Ltd's classic chess advisor.
Yamie Chess: The Adventures of Tigermore and the Mind Angels® was born from the pioneering collaboration of U.S. Chess Champion WGM Jennifer Shahade working in partnership with a group of expert U.S. math educators, engineers and scientists. In 1998, WGM Shahade became the first (and so far only) woman to win the U.S. Junior Open. WGM Shahade is the strongest American-born woman chess player ever, in the entire history of classic chess in the United States of America.
A graduate of New York University, WGM Shahade is the author of 'Chess Bitch: Women In The Ultimate Intellectual Sport' and 'Play Like A Girl!'. U.S. Chess Champion WGM Shahade serves as the editor of the United States Chess Federation’s (USCF) uschess.org, and USCF's magazine, Chess Life online. WGM Shahade's writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Games Magazine, New In Chess, and the L.A. Times.
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) engineer Gerardo Morabito's post-collaborative analysis of the Yamie Chess® math learning aid
"Yamie Chess will undoubtedly help to inspire the next generation of much needed scientists and engineers in America. Yamie Chess’ vibrant storyline that is seamlessly tied into a chess game brilliantly delivers a learning experience unlike any other product in the market. I strongly recommend it."
- Gerardo Morabito, B.S., Engineering, Caltech
Read Mr Morabito's full educational analysis »
Gerardo Morabito is a U.S. mechanical engineer and graduate of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), which is consistently ranked as one of America's Top 10 universities for math and science, and which is home to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). At Caltech, Mr Morabito founded the Caltech chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and served as ASME-Caltech Chapter president.
Northern Arizona University-trained math and science teacher, Mrs Jena Phillips' specialist educational analysis of the Yamie Chess® math learning aid.
"As a teacher, I always am looking for activities, lessons, and products that will raise the bar for the children in my classroom. With The Adventures of Tigermore and the Mind Angels, this product addresses both different levels in the classroom and teaches critical thinking to all. I highly recommend it!"
- Mrs Jena Phillips, 7th and 8th grade science teacher
Read Arizona science teacher Mrs Jena Phillips' full analysis »
Mrs. Jena Phillips, a highly-qualified Arizona 7th and 8th Grade Middle school science teacher, who has been teaching kids everyday for over 15 years, earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree (MEd) in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University (NAU). Mrs Phillips has worked at all levels of the U.S. elementary school system, from Title 1, ELL and SLD to academic interventions and gifted students. Mrs Phillips' successful blog, 'Caught in the Middle: A blog about life teaching in the mostly overlooked middle grades', was named as a Top 25 Middle School Teacher Blog, by U.S. education graduate resource, Teacher Certification Degrees.
Professor Bernd S. W. Schröder, Edmondson/Crump Professor of Mathematics at Louisiana Tech University provides an impartial analysis of Yamie Chess®.
"...Using a “mathematics is fun” approach, a multitude of non-chess puzzles is weaved into the Yamie Chess exposition, too... 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..."
- Professor Bernd S. W. Schröder, Ph.D., Math, K-State
Read Professor Schröder's educational analysis »
For over ten years, Professor Bernd S. W. Schröder has been the Edmondson/Crump Professor of Mathematics, Academic Director and Program Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Louisiana Tech University. Professor Schröder holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Kansas State University. At Louisiana Tech University, College of Engineering and Science, Professor Schröder has won both the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching, Research and Service and the T.L. James Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching.
State of Illinois 7th grade math teacher, Ms Elizabeth Gates, a qualified Middle Childhood Education specialist provides an in-depth analysis of the Yamie Chess® math learning aid.
"As a middle school math teacher I see the value of Yamie Chess in an educational setting. This is a wonderful enrichment activity that can be used to spark more students’ interest in learning the game of chess while increasing mathematical thinking... Students who have played Yamie Chess prior to middle school math may have greater engagement in the math class since they will be able to relate many math concepts to the Yamie Chess story."
- Ms Elizabeth Gates, Illinois 7th grade math teacher
A Teachers Perspective: Read Ms Elizabeth Gates' full analysis »
Ms. Elizabeth Gates, a full-time teacher and graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH, is a Middle Childhood Education specialist with over 7 years school teaching experience. An accomplished Middle School math teacher in Illinois, Ms Gates also has direct experience working with children with learning difficulties and spent a year working as the Individual Assistant for a 6th grade Autistic student. Ms Gates' award-winning blog, 'Fast Times of a Middle School math teacher', was named as a Top 25 Middle School Teacher Blog, by U.S. education graduate resource, Teacher Certification Degrees.
American International Master of chess and 4-time New Jersey chess champion, IM Tom Bartell, provides an educational analysis of Yamie Chess® for parents
"My 5 year old saw this, and immediately became curious. The puzzles are integrated perfectly into the story without bogging it down. I also found the story itself to be entertaining and educational. The focus tends to be more so the math than the chess in terms of educating. The chess puzzles do however challenge the reader, and help develop chess skills like pattern recognition. Great math as always."
- International Master Tom Bartell, New Jersey & Pennsylvania chess champion
Read IM Bartell's full educational analysis »
American International Master of chess, IM Tom Bartell, is a four times New Jersey chess champion, 1-time Pennsylvania chess champion, winner of several National Titles, including Denker Tournament of HS Champions and National HS Champion. International Master Bartell is nationally ranked by FIDE as one of the Top 100 chess players active in the United States today. International Master Bartell has over 10+ years experience coaching chess at all levels, and teaches chess on the popular U.S. chess communities, chess.com and the Internet Chess Club (ICC).