Mr. Desai has been teaching chess in the bay area for over
five years in public and private schools and in community
centers. His students vary in ages from 5 years to 18 years.
Mr. Desai loves teaching chess to children. He believes, chess
is more than a game and can be used as an educational tool
to enhance the different mental faculties of young children.
He has two daughters, ages 11 and 14 who also play chess.
His numerous accolades include:
National Master title from the United States Chess Federation
Karnataka State Champion in 1979 (India)
Two times Bangalore University champion (India)
He has played in over 100 tournaments over the last 30+ years.
Chess as an educational tool for children:
Many studies done by educational researchers have shown that
chess improves abilities in reasoning, comprehension, concentration,
reading, persistence, planning, logic, problem solving, patience,
decision-making, objectivity, math, self-control, commitment,
and thinking development.
Children can start learning chess at age of 5 or 6.
Here are some URLs:
Chess and Music:
Researchers have also found a connection between music and
chess. Many strong chess players have been music composers
as well. Please check this URL for an article on connection
between music and chess. www.chessbase.com
Group Chess Classes with Kiran Desai
Evenings and weekends - 10 week sessions
See the receptionist to sign up for the next session.
Almaden School of Music & Art, 5353 Almaden Expressway,
San Jose, CA 95118 (408) 267-3651 or (408) 267-3659