Learning Chess – CAS

Chess is a game, which I like the most, it is the only game that I can play anytime. And when I was 12, I joined a chess class, the classes were very informative and interesting. I got some practice books and so most of the day, I used to play chess with someone or do the practice book. But after 2 years, I had to drop the chess class because I was in Grade 9 and I was giving less attention to studies. And so I took this CAS opportunity to again start playing chess but this time keeping in mind, how much time I have to give to chess. And when I played first time with my sister, I got to know, that I forgot many things about chess and so I started to do practice again.

LO1 : Identify own strengths and develop areas growth

  • Because, I had played chess before, it took me less time in completing basic things such as the setup of chess pieces on chess board, how a chess piece moves and rules of chess like check mate, illegal moves, check, etc. But when I started to practice tactics and strategies, I started to face issues as I was not able to comprehend which piece to move to do double attack, folk, royal folk, discovery, etc. (Double attack, Folk, Royal Folk & Discovery are some of the tactics that help in gaining advantage in match).

LO2 : Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process

  • Overall, the game required a lot of a brain power. In chess you have to consider each and every aspect. You have to think about pros and cons of every move and what he will do if I do played this piece. The time I took to all the stuff (pros and cons, what will opponent play) was comparatively high and which made the game boring and opponent bored. And to overcome this outcome, I had to do a good amount of hard work. I started to play chess with chess clock which made me play chess under time pressure and also helped me thinking about pros and cons and what will opponent move. But it took a lot of time but it was worth it.

LO4: Show commitment to and perseverance

  • In this process, there were times, when I got frustrated and thought of giving up but I did not. Like at the starting, while doing practice book, I was not able to think of possible moves for a problem which made me get frustrated. I often felt that I should leave this tactic and move to another. And this was one of the situation where I had to show commitment and perseverance. Secondly, At start, when I did practice and played chess with someone, I always lost because of which I did more practice but was not able to win which made me think of letting chess go. And in this situation also commitment and perseverance helped me in achieving my goal of winning against my brother.

Throughout this experience, I have displayed many learner profiles. I became a good thinker by thinking of the next move. I have improved my creative and critical thinking skills while thinking about creative moves to be played and how to counter – attack opponent’s move. I also managed to polish my time management skills by maintaining balance between studies and chess.

Overall, I think that my experience was very informative and fun. I again got to learn about all the important things which are used while playing chess to gain advantage in a chess match. And my main goal which was to defeat my brother in chess was also achieved.


  1. The practice book I used while Learning Chess: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1I16QsRP9jE4UWFv4YVflORRipze8sDWa7ncSK2lrIKE/edit?usp=sharing
  2. The chess math was long and so I had clicked 3 screenshots of the match which shows an overview of the whole match: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18dEGq2HQf2ditS2H46DZiz5AFODfc-zoqUb0NG7i-_8/edit?usp=sharing

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