"Developing Chess Talent – Chess and Autism"

GM Artur Yusupov training young talents in Apeldoorn (photo book cover by Fred Lucas)

Chess and Autism
Excerpt from ‘Developing Chess Talent’ by Karel and IM Merijn van Delft

Chess is a suitable sport for many children and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Scientific research on this subject is lacking, also on an international level. Experience indicates that chess stimulates social, emotional and cognitive development.

A new book, “Developing Chess Talent”, by Karel and IM Merijn van Delft, uses case histories to illustrate this assumption.


The following Press Release provides you with more information about this book….

PRESS RELEASE Book ‘Developing Chess Talent’

The book ‘Developing Chess Talent’ will be published in April 2010. The subtitle is ‘How to create a chess culture by coaching, training, organization and communication’.

Authors are Karel van Delft and IM Merijn van Delft. The foreword is by GM Artur Yusupov. The translation is by Peter Boel. Publisher is KVDC (Karel van Delft Communication), Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.

‘Developing Chess Talent’ is a translation of the Dutch book ‘Schaaktalent ontwikkelen’ (KVDC, 2008). Please find attached the contents, as well as an article about chess and autism contained in the book. These texts may be reprinted on the condition that the original authors and the source are credited. The picture may also be published (credits: www.fredlucas.eu).

A month before publication of ‘Developing Chess Talent’, a preview with contents, parts of the text, the foreword by GM Artur Yusupov and some pictures from inside the book will be made available.

The book can be ordered via Karel van Delft, karel@kvdc.nl. The price is 24,50 euros plus 3 euros for postage handling.

Merijn van Delft and Karel van Delft are both psychologists. They were co-founders of the Apeldoorn chess foundation SBSA, which has trained several Dutch youth champions. Merijn van Delft is a professional chess trainer, living in Hamburg, Germany. Karel van Delft is a freelance publicist, living in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.

The attachments are in pdf. If you prefer, we can send you versions in Word.

Sincerely, Karel van Delft

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