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Chess is becoming ubiquitous, judging by the reports I receive from a daily Google search. Particularly newsworthy are chess programs for kids and the over-the-board accomplishments of children of various ages.

I recently read of a 3-year-old taking up the game, although it seems to this former teacher prohibitively early.

Mentors of the exceptionally popular Boy Scouts of America chess merit badge program assure us that chess is appropriate for most children.

We are often told that losing need not be a negative experience, since children with capable teachers learn to experience defeat as an opportunity for personal learning and growth.

Manuals for teaching are available from both the U.S. Chess Federation and the Boy Scouts, as well as advice for parents on how to find a qualified teacher.

The Internet, of course, makes basic chess knowledge and even instruction, itself, available at myriad sites.

It is curious, despite an ever expanding abundance of video games and game rooms, that the most ancient of games continues to grow in popularity.

Play, games and sports are a centerpiece of human existence. Chess seems to have a privileged role among them.

Below is a win by Laurent Fressinet against Anatoly Karpov from the fourth Karpv Trophy tournament in Cap d’Agde, France.