Rural Mississippi Chess Team to Be Featured on 60 Minutes

60 Minutes will feature chess in a segment on a rural Mississippi State Championship chess team in Franklin County. The show will highlight the benefits of chess, from improving grades to encouraging kids to dream bigger. The team was started a year and a half ago by Dr. Jeff Bulington. Read more on the CBS website and look for the segment on Sunday, March 26 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Also look out for your June copy of Chess Life Magazine for an interview with "60 Minutes" profile subject Jeff Bulington by Alexey Root and an article about his organization by Frank Niro  You can watch a preview of the piece here. 

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In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

My nephew James is on this team. Super proud.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Engaging children is the answer to improving our educational system. This and other extra curricular activities like music, drama, ... reinforce that learning can be fun. Kudos to the adults who have supported this!

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

"If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon or build a better mousetrap than his neighbor; though he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten pathway to his den." My father always quoted this when I felt less than others. Jessie Chiplin Wright Jackson, MS

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

GO MISSISSIPPI CHESS! Don't believe those who say that Chess is just a game to pass the time while waiting for your parents to pick you up from after school day care. Don't believe those who say that there are no studies that prove that Chess is beneficial for the minds/well being of ALL people, especially young people. Don't believe those who say that Chess is a boring waste of time. Don't believe those who laugh at Chess and say that no one cares about Chess (Those people probably lost their first couple of games and weren't satisfied with not being INSTANT Grandmasters, so now they probably tell people that they could be excellent Chess players, but found the game to be boring and nerdy). BELIEVE IN CHESS AND YOURSELF!

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

I am a very firm believer that chess is instrumental in the development of so many life skills. We definitely need more chess in school curriculum today. This historic game is a excellent opportunity for our youths to engage themselves to strength the mind. I have been involved with chess since age nine, and I personally attribute learning this chess to my performance in school. My chess club, the New Britain Chess Club of Connecticut, has recently seen a surge in scholastic players. These students are the future of chess. Getting them involved at an early age and keeping them committed to the game as adults (whether is be through clubs or national events) is the only way the this game will receive more attention. Bob Cyr NBCC and CSCA Historian

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"In her lecture, Dr. Basak cited the meta-analysis by Giovanni Sala and Fernand Gobet. As ChessBase readers know, that meta-analysis found that chess may not help the cognitive abilities of children any more than other educational interventions, such as music, checkers, or Go. Moreover, if chess is effective, it is not clear how much chess instruction is needed for positive results." http://en.chessbase.com/post/cognitive-benefits-of-chess

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Thank you Bob Cyr for your excellent comment! michael bacon, why do you want to DISCOURAGE people from knowing the benefits of playing Chess? That study was poorly organized and poorly operated. Not enough of a sample size or effective time frame in terms of having any significance as a credible, conclusive study/experiment of the subject/hypothesis. Why don't we put the issue to a REAL, organized, well operated TEST/STUDY without any bias or manipulation of the findings/results?

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

ATTN: dr. basak, "MAY not help the cognitive.....etc"..... ATTN: BREAKING NEWS: "MAY" not.......sounds like an INCONCLUSIVE "conclusion" if I've ever heard/seen one......HOW MUCH $$$$$ did that "INCONCLUSIVE" study cost taxpayers??

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

THANK YOU 60 MINUTES FOR YOUR BRAVERY TO AIR A POSITIVE 20 MINUTE PRIME TIME NETWORK TV NEWS STORY ABOUT THE WONDERS OF TEACHING CHESS TO STUDENTS!!!! KUDOS TO THE REAL NEWS! Anyone who hasn't seen that news story should consider finding the story and watching it.....

In reply to by 12532664 (not verified)

Amen...this was one of the most inspirational stories that I have witnessed in many years to inspire young people to learn. The fact that Dr. B has gone to this remote location in Mississippi and his passion, knowledge, ability to touch others (in this case young children) and to push them intellectually is hope for our educational system. The greater story hear is in 8 to 10 years of these young people of this community.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Congratulations to James and his Championship team Mr. Tarver! Keep Playing!....... Beautiful Quote Jessie!

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

I have done absolutely nothing to "...DISCOURAGE people from knowing the benefits of playing Chess?" As anyone who has read my now defunct blog knows I have attempted to be fair and impartial when it comes to the claim that Chess is an education tool. Read the aforementioned Chessbase article, and my blog post (https://xpertchesslessons.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/can-all-the-talk-walk-the-walk/), which contains links to most of the articles written on the subject and you will, hopefully, have a better understanding of exactly what the studies have shown. I spent a great deal of time reading ALL the studies mentioned in my blog. Basically, the time spent on Chess is time that is NOT spent on other studies. While studies have shown that Chess MAY be beneficial as far as mathematics goes, the game of Go is actually better than Chess when it comes to math. I do this because the Chess community "sold" the great game of Chess as a benefit to learning; a "panacea" if you will, while citing bogus studies completely rejected by those who do good work. I am not without guilt because I did the same thing. The difference is that I made time to try and understand the issue. I "worked" at understanding the issue, with a little help from my friends, like PhD Zack Hambrick, who sent many studies containing all the latest work done in the area. The issue has been "put to a REAL, organized, well operated TEST/STUDY without any bias or manipulation of the findings/results?" If you had read the, "REAL, organized, well operated TEST/STUDY without any bias or manipulation of the findings/results," you would know this fact. I suggest you begin with the work cited by Chessbase. The study conducted by Giovanni Sala and Fernand Gobet is considered "state of the art." It is the "last word" we have on exactly how much benefit is Chess when it comes to the effects Chess has on any student. Disinterested students lag in learning. Interested students, no matter what the interest, be it art, or music, or games, such as Baseball, for example, become better students. I watched 60 Minutes for the first time in many years last night and enjoyed it immensely. I mentioned to my wife that it was the kind of program usually shown on the TV program on CBS Sunday Morning, as it was "lighter" than the usual heavy-duty type shows usually shown previously. It illustrates what one person with passion can do for children, which is the kind of thing NM Neal Harris has done in Western NC for decades. All of the parents with whom I talked while living there some years ago had nothing but praise for Neal, who is held in high regard by the community. During my junior year in High School the coach of the Baseball team was also the coach of the football team. He gave lip service to Baseball, and it showed; we were losers. The next year we had a new coach, who played Baseball in collage. He turned the Baseball program around, and we were winners that year. All it takes is ONE PERSON, with PASSION. The children perceive this, and they become better students. All Chess, or Baseball, or Art, or Music, can do is act as a catalyst. I am nothing but a fair and impartial messenger.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

I'm not inclined to believe you mr. bacon. Do you have a phD in psychology? Lots of deflection in your last comment..... Why do some people diminish the value of Chess being taught to K-12 students?..... :( ........

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Mr. Cerrato, No, I do not, and have never said, that I had a PhD. I was in contact with those who do have a PhD though. If you had taken the time to read my blog posts you would know that fact, sir. You write, "I’m not inclined to believe you mr. bacon..." (sic). I have written absolutely NOTHING for you to believe. I have never published my thoughts on the subject, sir. What I did was QUESTION the veracity of those who have said Chess is beneficial for young people because learning and playing Chess made them "smarter," and/or "better students." What I did was REPORT what I learned. I took the time to read ALL of the studies done to date, not just the one by Giovanni Sala and Fernand Gobet, which happens to be the LAST WORD in giving an answer to the question sought. Chessbase devoted an article to the study, which can be found on their website: https://en.chessbase.com/post/chess-instruction-in-schools-a-quantitative-review I suggest you read the article and open your closed mind, for when you say you do not believe me, you are really saying you do not believe Sala and Gobet, and that you do not believe Chessbase. Frankly, I do not give a damn if you "believe" or do not "believe." The study, the only one to meet the rigorous standards applied by the most learned people who ask a question and then study the subject matter before drawing conclusions, stands alone. It is what it is weather or not "you believe." Michael Bacon

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

LOL.... That study wasn't even conclusive, "MAY not help the cognitive abilities...etc" *****BREAKING NEWS***** "sala & gobet's study" was INCONCLUSIVE. "question the veracity of those who have said Chess is beneficial to young people......etc" Well, then how about "questioning the veracity" of an INCONCLUSIVE study??? "MAY"? Since you have invested so much time in "questioning the veracity" of whether or not Chess is beneficial to young people, why don't you create a petition to Congress to request a Credible, Top Quality, Harvard/Columbia/Ivy League/MIT/ CAL TECH/Princeton STUDY to find out the TRUTH about the subject? You don't have the authority to be the arbiter of whether or not my mind is "closed", mr. bacon. Seems like you're the one with a closed mind, or can you admit that Chess "MAY" be beneficial for young people? Your "rhett butler" (Frankly, I do not give a da*$ line is quite dramatic...lol).... sala & gobet's study should be "GONE WITH THE WIND" because it's..... ....INCONCLUSIVE.....

In reply to by 12532664 (not verified)

But, if we had only taken the time to read his "now defunct blog"...lol.

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