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We are joined by Hari Neocleous in this episode to discuss ‘The Charm of Chess’. Hari is a Chess Teacher and Primary Maths Intervention Specialist. She regularly writes for Cherubs Magazine and is currently studying dyscalculia at university.  

Here are some of the questions Kat asked Hari:
  • You are really passionate about chess. Where does this passion come from and how did it start for you? 
  • Is there still a gender gap in chess? 
  • Chess is steeped in history. Could you tell us a bit more about that? 
  • There are lots of ways chess can be linked to the curriculum. Can you give some examples of how you have linked it in? 
  • You mentioned before you had lots of interesting discussions happen while exploring chess with pupils. Can you give us some examples of those kinds of conversations? 
  • What impact has the COVID pandemic had on chess? 
  • How can schools go about introducing chess? 
  • What exciting things have been happening in the chess world? 
  • How can schools support staff with teaching chess? Would you recommend involving parents and, if so, how would you include them? 
  • How would you recommend people get in touch with you and where would you recommend they access resources? 
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Want to connect with Hari and Kat? 

Follow Hari on Twitter at @hari_neo21 and on Instagram at @the_maths_nuts. Also, you can check out Chess in Schools and Communities for free lessons and resources! You can follow Kat on Twitter at @ReallyschoolK.  

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