Middle School Math Cracks Chess Code

Do you know what this means?

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Neither did Ms. Janewicz or her grade 7 math students. One of their very own classmates, Takuma, is currently participating in the World Youth & Cadets Chess Championships in Greece. Wanting to share this experience, Takuma sent the above scorecard from one of his matches. Ms. Janewicz learned that it’s called algebraic chess notation, so all of the students in her math classes became codebreakers.

Armed with chess sets, the scorecard and their laptops, they cracked the code and reenacted the match. Students played the roles of both Takuma and his opponent. In the original match, Takuma played black and his opponent resigned after thirty moves. Way to go, Takuma! The game employed strategic thinking, tactical maneuvering and was whole lot of fun!

After decoding the match, Ms. Janewicz’s students made a video of the final play-through.

Today is the last day of the World Youth & Cadets Chess Championships. If you would like to learn more, you can visit their website.