Chess is in many ways like life itself. Life is both, an offensive and defensive battle.
You must defend your King (or your spirit) while at the same time attack, corner, and dis-empower your opponent’s King. It is a great way to teach children how to handle challenges in a focused, calm, and constructive manner. Aside from having loads of fun, your child will receive many benefits from playing chess. These positive effects have been scientifically proven through multiple research studies in this area. Research studies show that these benefits are achieved most rapidly and successfully through Chess when compared to other disciplines and programs. It is much easier for children to learn and benefit from the advantages of Chess in a classroom setting. Under the supervision of our professional coaches they are able to practice in a secure, comfortable and organized environment.
“Life is a kind of chess, with struggle, competition, good and ill events.” – Benjamin Franklin
- concentration training
- intellectual stimulation
- strengthening of self esteem
- personal growth
- excitement and fun
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Results on international chess studies
Numerous chess school projects and studies involving intelligence, behavior and performance exams have been conducted under different circumstances worldwide. These studies all exhibit similar results. Intellectual and academic benefits commonly noted in children who play chess are:
- Improved Math skills and visual thinking
- Improvement of cognitive abilities (abstract, logical and analytical reasoning)
- Complex problem solving
- Improved linguistic abilities (i.e. reading and comprehension)
- Heightened perception and concentration levels
- A general boost in school grades (the grade improvement was significantly higher in students with a history of poor academic performance)
- Comprehension and acquisition of patience, determination, commitment, and objectivity
- Children become more self-confident and assertive (qualities that have a positive impact on their well-being and emotional stability)
Studies also demonstrate that Chess has a positive effect on personality and social traits. A study conducted in the US shows how chess helps children suffering from aggressive behavior by decreasing destructive and violent impulses.
Two examples of recent studies in children’s chess
One of the latest scientific school chess studies is the four-year longitudinal study of the University of Trier. The results show that chess raises the performance of elementary school students when it is included as part of their core curriculum. According to the study, one chess lesson per week is sufficient enough to improve cognitive / concentration abilities and performance motivation. The most notable improvement was seen in the areas of Mathematics and German. Chess does not only raise a child’s intelligence level but also benefits his or her social development.
Another important four-year study conducted at the New York City School (NYCHESS Program) revealed and reinforced the following results:
- Chess stills in children a sense of self-confidence and self-worth
- Chess dramatically improves a child’s ability to think rationally
- Chess increases cognitive skills
- Chess improves children’s communication skills and aptitude in recognizing patterns
- Chess results in higher grades (particularly in language and Math)
- Chess builds a sense of team spirit while emphasizing the ability of the individual
- Chess teaches the value of hard work, concentration, and commitment
- Chess makes a child realize that he or she is responsible for his or her own actions and must accept their consequences
- Chess teaches children to try their best to win, while accepting defeat with grace
- Chess provides an intellectual, comparative forum through which children can assert hostility (i.e. “let off steam”) in an acceptable way
- Chess helps children make friends more easily because it provides a comfortable and safe setting for gathering and discussion
- Chess, through competition, gives kids a palpable sign of their accomplishments
These results prove that regular chess playing promotes the development of a wide range of intellectual and social abilities in children. The acquired skills serve as valuable lessons that can be applied to real life situations. Chess not only develops intellectual skills but provides significant benefits to the general development of children.