Chess is Good For You!

Playing chess gives brains of any age a good workout. Kids especially benefit from learning and playing the game.

An article from the Chess House includes descriptions of how chess:

  • Teaches the 5 R's: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Responsibility and Respect.
  • Helps developmental thinking in children.
  • Challenges gifted children.
  • Potentially helps underachievers.
  • Improves IQ scores.
  • Appeals to children's nature - "Hey look what I can do!"

Academic Chess is an organisation with a mission to bring chess coaching to American schools. It's web site has a list of chess benefits which include how learning the game helps kids:

  • gain confidence
  • learn to solve problems
  • build discipline
  • increase concentration
  • learn to strategize
  • develop critical thinking skills
  • learn to recognize patterns and develop tactics
  • improve communication
  • build memory skills
  • learn sportsmanship
  • analyze and evaluate

Film versions of inspiring stories

There are two famous films based on the true story of teachers using chess to better the lives of underprivileged children. They are:

A film version of the book "I Choose to Stay" is in the works by Walt Disney. It is the story of teacher Salome Thomas-El and his pupils in Philadelphia's inner city.

Knights Of The South Bronx is a 2005 TV film. Ted Dansen plays the teacher David MacEnulty.

World scientific literature

America's Foundation for chess conducted a survey of research studies. This confirmed that playing chess improves children's performance in the following areas of intellectual achievement:

  • Mathematics and Reading.
  • Abstract reasoning.
  • Problem solving.
  • Analytical thinking skills


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