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Ho Math Chess Research and Articles
Some of the most interesting and very informative mathematics and chess related articles are on this site, resourceful and helpful to students, parents and teachers. Written by highly educated and very experienced teacher. Take a look


All articles authored by Frank Ho or Amanda Ho are allowed to be distributed freely without prior permission as long as the author "Frank Ho, Amanda Ho of Ho Math Chess" is credited. You can either link their articles by using the link http://www.mathandchess.com/math_chess_research.html  or copy their contents on to your websites.

Most of our research articles are related to math, puzzles, and chess issues, and they are excellent sources of information if you want to know more about how math, chess, and puzzles could be integrated.

Ho Math Chess is continuing research in finding and creating the most suitable and effective teaching math material using chess. 


28 Dec 2014    Math Franchise Opportunity, What is Chinese math?

In 2014, we have published a few more aritcles.they can be read at the following sites:


17 Apr 2013    Problems students could face when calculating with fingers


There are many ways to train children to calculate. Some teach abacus, some use special finger method. The design of HoMath Chessworksheets encourages students to do calculations without using their fingers to do the counting forward or backwards. None of our A students and students participating in math competitions use their fingers to do basic calculations and their ability of mental math is strong than those who use fingers to count. The main reason is, without using fingers; students will develop strong number sense and are able to see steps ahead when working on math problems.

17 Apr 2013    Comparisons of Frankho ChessDoku to Calcudoku

Frankho ChessDoku was invented by a Canadian math teacher Frank Ho. Seeing the popularity of Sudoku but with no computation capability, Frank decided to do something about it so Frank used his invented Geometry Chess Symbols (Canada Trademark TMA771400, copyright 1069744) along with Sudoku created the Frankho ChessDoku in 2008. Frankho ChessDoku is a unique puzzle which combines chess and Sudoku and is specially designed for children to solve arithmetic Sudoku by following chess moves. In 2009 Frank Ho and his wife Amanda Ho jointly published a Frankho Math and Chess Puzzles for Children workbook. This workbook is now available from www.amazon.com.

19 Mar 2013    How to raise math competition ability quickly

A student's math competition ability takes time to develop and the math competition ability is raised gradually through continually working on math problems, but is there any way that a student's ability (say the students are already at grade 6 or grade 7) could be raised more quickly than normally could have done when student had not had the time to work on some math competition problems at younger age? In other words, how do we train a late bloomer to prepare for math contests?

5 Mar 2013    My experience of teaching children with math disability or dyscalculia

A few years back, I started to teach some children as young as 4 or 5 years old and I noticed that some of them seem to have tremendous difficulties in doing math when compared to their similar age group of children. I started to do some research and then found out some of them having the signs of dyscalculia. I compared the problems they encountered to the reported symptoms described in the research papers and found the descriptions in most of the research papers published so far were not detailed enough and also no remediation worksheets were suggested. I had headaches in teaching these dyscalculia children, so I started to document their problems and how I tackled their problems because I was interested in finding a way to help these struggling children and their frustrated parents. I made progresses and also have gained many insights in teaching these children and also produced a workbook based on my teaching experiences with those dyscalculia children to help pre-k and kindergarten children to overcome their math learning problems. 

This article is to summarize all of the last 4 years of teaching experience of dyscalculia children by reporting my observations and also offer some suggestions on how to help them. To help parents or educators understand dyscalculia, I feel we must understand what is dyscalculia and what sings might tell us if a child has dyscalculia, and the most important is .what we can do about it.

26 Dec 2011    Why Ho Math and Chess workbook benefits children?

What’s wrong with the traditional drill computation? From my tutoring point of view, there is nothing wrong to give them to children for practice on fluency and grasp of basics. However, there is something wrong form children’s point of view that is they are boring, dull and not fun. Why children feel that way?

26 Dec 2011    Comparison of Ho Math Chess workbook to the traditional math workbook

What’s wrong with the traditional drill computation? From my tutoring point of view, there is nothing wrong to give them to children for practice on fluency and grasp of basics. However, there is something wrong form children’s point of view that is they are boring, dull and not fun. Why children feel that way?

24 Jul 2011    Use algebra or arithmetic to solve elementary math word problems?

The algebraic method is good because it is thought (and in fact it is true) as a universal way to solve all kinds of elementary math word problems, but is it always true? My research shows in most cases, it is; especially some word problems like Chickens and Rabbits, Age problems, Work problems, Travelling problems, % applications etc can be "easily" solved by using algebra but some word problems actually are awkward to use algebra, so the teaching of elementary math word problems can be raised to a bit higher level that is to show students in what situations, it is better off to use algebra and in what cases, the arithmetic method actually is superior than algebra.

11 May 2011    Chess is boring

Chess can be boriing if it is not taught in a correct way and kids could get turned off by playing chess without thinking at all. Chess play is boring if kids simply play chess like pushing a set of "wooden" toys.

6 Apr 2011    Ho Math and Chess creates revolutionary math workbooks

To run a successful math specialty learning centre, there are three important objectives which must be achieved. The most important one is student’s day school math mark must show improvement. The other two are parents must be able to see the teaching value and the children must like the program. With the approval of trademark of Ho Math and Chess Learning Centre’s invention of Geometry Chess Symbol, we are able to create some disruptive, revolutionary math workbooks which are out of this world, and we are also very pleased to announce that we are able to achieve these three important objectives as mentioned above with the creation of our unique products.

28 Dec 2010    Enrichment or gifted mathematics teaching for Vancouver Canada gifted elementary children in a learning centre
9 Sep 2010    How to prepare for SSAT and elementary math contests in Vancouver
19 Jul 2010    How to teach dyscalculia kindergarten children?
23 Jun 2010    Why some Chinese students are better at math?
1 Mar 2010    What is wrong with math education
17 Feb 2010    Dyscalculia Children Cases Documented – Article 1
29 Jan 2010    How mental math hurts children if they are not trained
29 Jan 2010    A secret to helping your child succeed in math
26 Jan 2010    How to run a successful franchised math learning center
21 Jan 2010    Why Chess helps Math
17 Jan 2010    Why everyone can learn math but not everyone can get A
1 Jan 2010    Ho Math and Chess Worksheets Really Work
1 Jan 2010    Why invert and multiply when working on fraction divisions
26 Dec 2009    How to Run Math Franchise Successfully
22 Dec 2009    Teaching Dyscalculia Children Using Chess
17 Dec 2009    What makes math learning fun
10 Dec 2009    Characteristics of Math A Students
25 Nov 2009    Why Some Math Formulas Shall be Memorized
8 Nov 2009    How can you tell if a Math and Chess tutoring centre is a math and chess really integrated one
5 Oct 2009    Why fraction is so difficult?
9 Aug 2009    Students Need to Have Basic Mental Math Ability
24 Feb 2009    How is Ho Math and Chess different from others?
2 Dec 2008    How to Teach Fractions
26 Nov 2008    The Future Trend of Math Learning Center
17 Nov 2008    How to Buy Franchised Math Learning Center
17 Nov 2008    Is High IQ Equal to High Math Marks
7 Nov 2008    Sudoku Chess Puzzles Spark Children’s Math Interest
27 Oct 2008    Intrinsic Value of Using Math and Chess Integrated Worksheets
22 Oct 2008    How to Get High Marks in Math
22 Oct 2008    How to find a good math tutor?
6 Jul 2008    The Effect of Math and Chess Integrated Instruction on Math Scores
16 Jun 2008    How I Become a Better Math Tutor
22 May 2008    Using Chess to Teach Math in Elementary Schools
19 May 2008    Why Go To A Game-based Math Learning Center
18 May 2008    Math Worksheets Children Like
18 May 2008    How To Find a Math Tutor
11 May 2008    How Much Mental Math is Needed?
29 Apr 2008    Secrets of getting high math marks
25 Apr 2008    What is Kumon Chess™?
20 Apr 2008    What is Ho Math?
16 Apr 2008    Comparing Kumon Math to Ho Math and Chess
1 Apr 2008    3 reasons why students can’t do math well
29 Feb 2008    Master Math Basics Before Grade 4
25 Feb 2008    How to Get High Marks in Math
20 Feb 2008    Why Children Do Not Learn Math Well
20 Feb 2008    How to Teach Word Problems to Elementary Students
12 Feb 2008    How to Teach Math (Elementary Math)
11 Feb 2008    How to Improve Math Worksheets
10 Feb 2008    Singapore Math Demystified
7 Feb 2008    Finding Math and Chess Learning Center as Easy as 1 2 3
5 Feb 2008    How to Find a Good Vancouver Summer Program on Math
4 Feb 2008    My Experience of Using Ho Math and Chess Teaching Set vs.Traditional Chess Set
29 Jan 2008    How to Find a Good Vancouver Math Tutor
24 Jan 2008    How to Teach Times Table (Multiplication Table or Facts)
16 Jan 2008    Monther tongue language has great impact on math ability
13 Jan 2008    How to Find a Good Elementary Math Tutor
1 Jan 2008    Case Studies on How Math and Chess Affects Children’s IQ
31 Dec 2007    Comparing Traditional Chess Set to the Flat-Faced Chess Set
31 Dec 2007    How to Find a Learning Center Franchise Using Good Math Worksheets
31 Dec 2007    How My Son Became a Chess Master
29 Dec 2007    Ho Math and Chess Invents Dotted Arabic Numerals to Teach Children How to Add or Subtract
25 Dec 2007    An Innovative and Fun Way of Teaching Math
25 Dec 2007    How to Use Chess to Improve Math
25 Dec 2007    How To Use Chess to Increase Brainpower
17 Nov 2007    How to Play Blind Chess or Half Chess
28 Oct 2007    Ho To Teach Children Math
25 Oct 2007    Ho to Teach Kindergartner Chess and Math?
5 Aug 2007    Why Ho Math and Chess integrated workbook works more effectively?
5 Aug 2007    Maximize Educational Value of Chess
5 Aug 2007    The Magic 1
5 Aug 2007    How to Buy a Specialty Math Learning Center Franchise
25 Apr 2007    Chess and Geometry – Teaching Kindergarten Chess
7 Apr 2007    Why Chess Knight Jumps? Teaching Chess Using Geometry Concept
21 Mar 2007    Enriching Math Using Chess
9 Mar 2007    Do Chess and Math Have Anything in Common?
25 Feb 2007    Is it too early to learn chess at 3 years old?
11 Oct 2006    I.Q. and Chess
11 Oct 2006    Educational Technologies
11 Oct 2006    Chess in the Math Curriculum
11 Oct 2006    Benefits of Chess for Children
11 Oct 2006    Improving Math Performance 1 Move at A Time
24 Sep 2006    Intro on Vancouver Ho Math and Chess in Chinese
25 Jul 2006    Mother Tongue may determine math skills
17 Mar 2006    Mathematics and Chess?
27 Feb 2006    Comparison of Child Education Franchise Fees
23 Feb 2006    Letter to president George Bush
22 Feb 2006    Chess for School Curriculum
22 Feb 2006    Comparison of BC math curriculum learning outcome and chess
14 Jan 2006    The Menace Minus Sign
17 Dec 2005    Is Chess a 3 Dimensional Game?
15 Dec 2005    Enriching Math Using Chess
8 Dec 2005    Using Chess Symbols to teach Arithmetic
1 Sep 2005    Math Tutoring Tips - Common Computation Errors Made by High School Students
19 Jul 2005    How Not to Buy a Money Burning Math Learning Center Franchise
19 Jul 2005    How to find a good math learning center?
27 Mar 2005    Connection of Magic Chess and Math Puzzles
28 Nov 2004    My Experience of Coaching MathCounts Students
10 Sep 2004    Ho Math and Chess workbook was first created in Canada
10 Sep 2004    Ho Math and Chess in Canadian public schools
23 Aug 2004    Frank Ho's math competition coaching experience
21 Aug 2004    Frank Ho's Junior Chess Coaching Experience
19 Aug 2004    The Role of Chess in Education
15 Aug 2004    The Case for Chess as a Tool to Develop Our Children's Minds
2 Aug 2004    Fun with Math Puzzles
31 Jul 2004    Chess in China - Awakening of A Dragon
30 Jul 2004    A wisdom and intellectual pursual - Chinese Article on Chess

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