Chess and Business Success; they go hand in hand

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There is a fascinating article by Dylan Loeb McClain in the New York Times entitled:  “Good at Chess? A Hedge Fund May Want to Hire You.”  It seems that many of the stars of Wall Street and business are also phenomenal chess players. 

To cite just a few of the articles examples:  Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and currently running Clarium Capital is a Chess Master; Warren Buffett is an outstanding Bridge player and D. E. Shaw Group, a hedge fund,  “…lists among its employees a life master at bridge, a past “Jeopardy!” champion and Anna Hahn, the 2003 United States women’s chess champion…on its payroll. 

Talk about “Play Power;” think of the benefits derived from investing in a simple deck of cards or a plastic chess set.  I have long felt that our major retailers do us all a disservice by not featuring games and toys that make us smarter. 

Think about the good that could result if a retailer presented consumer with a prominent end cap of chess sets.  Not just inexpensive ones, but sets that run the gamut in quality.  Imagine the benefits to the individual and society in a world that is increasingly demanding intelligence as the gateway to success and even a paycheck.

Bottom line, children should be encouraged to play chess, to play card games and any other game that teaches thinking strategically, tactically and many steps ahead.  It won’t just help children grow up to run hedge funds.  It will help turn kids into adults who know how to play the biggest game of all; the game of life.





3 thoughts

  1. Don,
    This is the first I have hear of your game Tic Tac Chec. I run a chess club for Big Brothers Big Sisters and would love to use your game to help the beginners. I normally teach the “Pawn game” to get folks started, but it’s nice to know a game that incorporates other pieces. Would you be willing to donate a couple games to our organization?
    I agree with the author that this game can help kids learn about good decision making and strategy. I also think it boosts their self-confidence and critical thinking skills. Thanks for sharing!
    Elisha “Eli” Wolfe
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee

  2. Absolutely agree and that is why my wife and I have spent 20 years making, teaching and donating chess games and number games. Unfortunately these 2 subjects intimidate store owners, parents and teachers alike. For this reason we made the Tic Tac Chec game to introduce chess and eliminate as much as possible all the intimidating aspects of learning such as too many pieces, discouragement from losing pieces, lengthy play time etc. Our number games of 123 OY start with the simplest of number concepts and work up through 10 different games and numerous variations to include the options of using exponents and roots etc. Note I use the word number games since the word Arithmetic intimidates people. Even the Harvard After School program recommends them. Unfortunately we might have to finally move on this year since few stores, even so called learning stores seem to really care about quality educational games.
    Don Green
    Dream Green

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