WHY pick 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!
Chess is an engaging activity that is shown to improve:
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.