Chess World was founded in 2000 by Tal Granite, an educator, teacher, curriculum developer, trainer, and speaker. Formerly the CEO of the charity Chess Institute of Canada, Tal was also a member of the Israel Chess Federation Instruction Committee, and is a World Chess Federation (FIDE) certified Chess Instructor. Here you can watch a short interview with Tal, taken after one of his sessions as a speaker in the annual "London Chess Conference" in London, England. You're welcome to find out more about Tal and his journey in this Jewish Tribune Feature Article about him.
After graduating from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a degree in Linguistics and Liberal Arts, Tal created the "Thinking Different™" curriculum program. In this innovative program the game of chess is used by expert, trained educational leaders as an exceptional tool for helping students develop character, improve social skills, and enhance cognitive abilities, extending the benefits of chess far beyond the game itself.
In 2017 Tal was fortunate to meet the legendary Phiona Mutesi, and her coach Robert Katende from the Disney movie "Queen of Katwe" (Click here to watch the official movie trailer). This is some of what they shared on how chess can make a difference in the lives of children:
Our chess programs were approved by The Israeli Ministry of Education, The Toronto District School Board, The York Region Public and Catholic School Boards, and The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. While the game of chess is known to have clear benefits (find out more in this compilation on The Benefits of Chess in Education.), we take it a step further by using the game as a tool for transforming lives. Over the years we were fortunate to help make a difference in the lives of thousands of students in hundreds of schools, and we continue to do so to this day.