斐特思的指尖对决 Playing Chess at FCG
As a competitive sport, Chinese chess has a long history dating back to over 2,000 years. The earliest record of this sport can be traced back to the Warring States period. Similarly, international chess has a history of over 1,500 years. The names of the different pieces, such as the King, Knight and the Pawn in international chess, and the Chariot, Horse, and the Cannon in Chinese chess, represent clear links to military strategies of ancient times. In contemporary society, playing chess demonstrates the comprehensive strategic competence of a player.
Playing chess improves a student’s foresight, creativity, capacity for forwarding planning and self-reflection. Suffice it to say, playing chess is a good exercise for the brain!
In FCG, we have a dedicated chess room for students including both Chinese and international chess. Interested students can play chess during our extended lunch break to develop their skills. We will hold an internal House Chess competition for FCG students this Semester to encourage participation by a large number of students. To stretch our most talented students we will invite them to represent FCG in a chess competition with other schools that we hope to organize later this year. Through continuous observation, action, and reflection, competitors with good performance can win both honour and recognition for their schools. The final and the semifinal of these competitions will be carried out in the open air using a large chessboard where many students can watch and offer support.
In FCG, students benefit from our unique research-based learning approach which encourages excellent capacity for observation and reflection. Here, students are the main participants in learning. Most of the time, they adopt a three-step learning approach: planning; action; and reflection. By doing so, students not only acquire knowledge but also improve their learning abilities, which lays a solid foundation for further study throughout their whole life.
Faced with an ever-changing world, we cannot predict what will happen; nor can we predict what kind of talents will be required to meet the need for social development. A learning approach composed of identifying a problem, proposing a solution, and reflecting on the result is the best approach for children so they are better prepared for future uncertainties. There is a clear parallel in chess: instead of pieces being only able to move in a certain direction, a player must train their mind to be agile and adopt a flexible approach with strategic thinking.