Why Chess?

 

Chess is an intellectual battle of the minds – a fun platform to grow and learn!

 

Chess gives your child a head-start on life, helping develop their social and academic skills.  The benefits of chess are fundamental to a child’s growing mind – a brain focused game which allows you to harness your intellectual prowess and further develop your tactical knowledge.

 

Chess is an effective tool for learning because children respond differently to a game.  They do not see it as work; therefore, more effort is put into their performance. Chess is about having fun!


 

The Benefits:

Chess is an engaging activity that is shown to improve:

 

  • Reading

  • Mathematics

  • Concentration

  • Problem Solving

  • Thinking Abilities

  • Pattern Recognition

  • Foresight & Strategy

  • Confidence & Social Skills

 

The Margulies Report, conducted in the USA, recorded a 25% improvement in reading skills by students attending regular chess lessons when compared to a control group who participated in extra language activities.

 

Chess improves grades and schoolwork.  Through hard work at the chessboard, students mature and develop greater concentration skills.  Chess is a fun and challenging sport that helps children think, rather than do – think about making the correct decisions on the board, and in real life.  The parallels with human relationships are evident.

 

Chess boosts your IQ.  A study of 4,000 Venezuelan students shows rises in IQ scores after 4 months of chess instructions.  It also give you a better memory – players need to memorise the moves of each piece and different strategies; players must remember how to adapt to certain situations.

 

Chess promotes imagination and creativity by activating the right and the left hemispheres of the brain.  Chess is the kick-start that we need, maximising our brains potential from the tender age of three years old.

 

Chess leads to improvements in behavior.  Chess provides educational development that teaches children to play by the rules and take responsibility for their actions.  The stimulating nature of chess also encourages confidence and presents an improvement in social skills.  The game of chess is calming and therapeutic; which in turn, helps with Anxiety, Autism, ADHD and many other conditions.

 

The benefits are recognised worldwide, with over 30 countries including chess as a mandatory subject in their school curriculum. There are only winners and learners in chess – the gymnastics of the mind.

 

ChessKid:

In line with our values of fun, safe and educational, ChessKid is a learning platform to further development.  We provide Chess lessons to children across South-East QLD.  To further your child's individual needs, homework resources will be assigned via ChessKid. Join our Topchess Junior Club group and we can help track progress, view games, give report cards etc.  Quarantine connect, so you can play and learn chess online with the best tools (tournaments, tactics, puzzles, videos, lessons and much more). 

Why ChessKid.com?

  • Suitable for ALL playing levels – Beginner to Advanced students.

  • Students can continue to improve at their own pace and over the school holidays.

  • Available as an App on IPads or Smartphones!

  • Fun and animated video lessons for students still learning to read.

  • Students can interact with classmates in a safe way (no chat features).

  • Most importantly – its fun!

 

What’s the difference between a Free account & a Gold Membership?

With a Free membership, kids can play chess with a limited account.  This will allow students to sample puzzles (up to 3 per day), play the first 3 bot levels, access beginner content and read new articles.  Basic members can access/download their game history for the past month.


Gold Membership allows full, unlimited access to the entire ChessKid.com site and unlocks all of the ChessKid educational features: all of the learning checkpoints (Levels from Pawn 1 to King 91).  Enjoy interactive guided lessons, unlimited live chess, slow chess, all 10 computer chess levels, puzzles, puzzle duels, computer workouts & more than 800 educational videos – with new content added all the time.  Full game history will be available to view on Chessbase for learning.

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