FIDE Master Georgios Alexopoulos

George & Ibrahem

FIDE Master Georgios “George” Alexopoulos working with Ibrahem Sanchez.

FIDE Master Georgios Alexopoulos or “George” agrees with former Chess World Champion Vasily Smyslov that:

Like any human activity chess has two origins: the divine and the devilish. Chess as an art has a divine origin, while chess as a sport (when victory counts at all costs sacrificing the beauty of the game), springs from Devil.

Current chess training is dominated by computer databases and computer analysis. George believes that this has created a generation of chess players who lack some basic understanding of the principles of chess. Smyslov:

After all, a computer is nothing if not the Devil because it does not create anything. It is an inspector, or more precisely an accuser…. Any attempt to compose the entire game by computer negates the creative (divine) side of chess.

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Every Wednesday 3:00-4:30pm

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New Rochelle, NY 10801
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George has been playing chess since he was about three and half years old. By the time he was about six years old he started to play in scholastic tournaments and Junior championships. He was coached by one of the greatest Greek players ever, the legendary International Master Triantafyllos Siaperas.

Since the 1980s he has been rated and ranked by USCF (United States Chess Federation) as a National Master, Lifemaster and Senior Master. Since the 1990s he had been rated and ranked by USCF (United States Chess Federation) as an Original Lifemaster and a “Senior Star Lifemaster” (under their previous system of Lifetime Title Norms).

George has participated in over four hundred major National and International tournaments in two continents (Europe and North America) and twelve countries (United States, Greece, Canada, England, Switzerland, Holland, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Germany and Italy).

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Wall Street, Charter Schools and Chess

Chess at HOPE

New York State High School Chess Champion Joshua Colas and FIDE Master Georgios Alexopoulos. Photo: geneshaw.com

According to studies:

  • Chess boosts brain power in kids.
  • Chess improves IQ.
  • Chess enhances arithmetical skills.
  • Chess hones verbal skills.
  • Chess sharpens critical thinking skills.
  • Chess boosts emotional intelligence and psycho-social skills.

Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill, Will Smith, Bono, and Madonna were or are avid chess players. Tennis legend and six-time Grand Slam singles champion Boris Becker said:

“I used to prepare for my tennis matches by playing chess, and it would get my mind stimulated and focused before going on court. It was essentially a mental warm-up.”

In an interview with The Harvard Business Review, former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov said:

There is nothing cute or charming about chess; it is a violent sport, and when you confront your opponent you set out to crush his ego. The world chess masters with whom I have competed over the years nearly all share my belief that chess is a battleground on which the enemy has to be vanquished. This is what it means to be a chess player, and I cannot imagine that it is very different from what it takes to be a top-ranked CEO.

In approximately 30 nations across the globe, including Brazil, China, Venezuela, Italy, Israel, Russia and Greece, etc., chess is incorporated into the country’s scholastic curriculum. Just as athletics are a part of the required agenda at schools in the United States, Chess has been that way in the European Nations abroad. On March 13th, 2012 the European Parliament endorsed the ‘Chess in European schools’ program.

A documentary called BROOKLYN CASTLE tells the stories of five members of the chess team at Intermediate School 318, a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country and the first middle school team to win the United States Chess Federation’s national high school championship.

Mayor Bloomberg cut the budget, and there is no money for after school programs like the chess team at I.S. 318. Unless the kids can raise $20,000, the famous chess team is dead. Yet, Eva Moskowitz Founder and CEO of the Success Academy held a fundraiser for her charter school chain and raised $7 million in one night.

Democrats for Education Reform

L to R: David Einhorn, another hedge-funder on DFER’s advisory board, is president of Greenlight Capital, LLC; Board member Whitney Tilson is chief of T2 Partners and Tilson Funds and vice chair of New York’s KIPP Academy Charter Schools; Hedge-fund manager John Petry, a DFER board member, co-founded the Harlem Success Academy Charter School with Eva Moskowitz; DFER advisory board member Joel Greenblatt is a protégé of fallen junk-bond icon Michael Milken; Joe Williams heads Democrats for Education Reform and its sister organization, Education Reform Now.

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Free Chess Lessons

Every Wednesday 3:00-4:30pm

HOPE Community Services

HOPE Community Service
50 Washington Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
(Click here for Google Map)

HOPE Kitchen

According to studies:

  • Chess boosts brain power in kids
  • Chess sharpens critical thinking skills
  • Chess enhances arithmetical skills
  • Chess hones verbal skills
  • Chess improves IQ
  • Chess boosts emotional intelligence & psycho-social skills

Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill, Will Smith, Bono, and Madonna were or are avid chess players. Tennis legend and six-time Grand Slam singles champion Boris Becker said:

“I used to prepare for my tennis matches by playing chess, and it would get my mind stimulated and focused before going on court. It was essentially a mental warm-up.”

In an interview with The Harvard Business Review, former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov said:

There is nothing cute or charming about chess; it is a violent sport, and when you confront your opponent you set out to crush his ego. The world chess masters with whom I have competed over the years nearly all share my belief that chess is a battleground on which the enemy has to be vanquished. This is what it means to be a chess player, and I cannot imagine that it is very different from what it takes to be a top-ranked CEO.

The Food Bank for Westchester estimates 200,000 County residents are hungry, or are at risk of hunger. More than half are seniors and one-third are children. HOPE Community Services (hopecommunityservices.org) in New Rochelle, NY is the largest pantry/soup kitchen in Westchester County. HOPE also has a program that helps low income families access entitlements, find jobs, health care and substance abuse treatment.

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Chess @ The Soup Kitchen

Friday, July 12th at 3pm

HOPE Community Services

HOPE Community Service
50 Washington Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
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A Hunger Awareness Event

HOPE Soup Kitchen

HOPE Soup Kitchen

Play chess against the 2013 New York State High School Champion Joshua Colas and raise awareness of hunger in Westchester County.

Joshua Colas

Joshua Colas, 2013 New York State High School Chess Champion

The Food Bank for Westchester estimates 200,000 Westchester County residents are hungry, or are at risk of hunger. More than half of them are seniors and one-third are children under the age of 18.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, working people are the largest segment of the population in need of food assistance, and that segment just keeps growing… they are hard working adults who have lost their jobs or are underemployed; seniors who can’t survive on their retirement incomes; the disabled, who cannot work; and children. Hunger creates and exacerbates health problems, causing deteriorating productivity. We are all impacted by hunger!

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