The mind, like the body, needs exercise to keep it at its peak form. And, one of the best ways for kids (and adults) to exercise their minds is to play chess.
Chess is a ton of fun, can be played by all ages, has infinite potential for players to improve, and is played all over the world!
Here are 5 important benefits of playing chess which we hope will compel parents to encourage their children to play:
Improves Concentration and Memory
Studies conducted by the University of Memphis have found that children who play chess significantly improve their visual memory, attention span, and spatial-reasoning ability … all important factors for success in school.
2. Enhances Math and Reading
The need to focus on problem solving and the process of thinking through move variables are important traits that help improve children’s math skills. In addition, studies have shown that because chess requires children to use cognitive processes such as decoding, analysis, thinking, and comprehension (all skills required for reading), chess playing kids greatly improve their reading skills over non playing kids.
3. Helps Develop Logic, Critical Thinking, and CREATIVITY
Playing chess requires a lot of “if-then” logical analysis and “what-if” scenarios, all necessary ingredients for developing logical and critical thinking. In addition, studies show that chess boosts creativity, most dramatically in originality. Researchers attribute this boost to the process of imagining all the possible move alternatives which trains the mind to play with possibilities … the cornerstone of original thinking.
4. Encourages and Rewards Hard Work
Playing chess provides immediate feedback. Lose your focus, lose a piece; study the game and practice, win more games. Your children control their destiny.
5. Think Through Solving Complex Problems
Chess helps kids learn and practice thinking through and finding solutions to complex problems.
Chess Competition Team
So now that you know the amazing benefits of playing chess … especially for kids … how can you get YOUR children involved?
Join our Chess Competition Team! We’re so excited about our NEW program for children who know how to play chess and want to progress to the next level.
Currently there are no meaningful after school programs that are geared towards helping kids go beyond the initial introductory level. Until now, the only option was to get one-on-one tutoring.
The Chess Competition Team is developed to help kids learn how to “see” the board and the game, learn and practice advance skills, tactics, and strategy, and begin the process of acquiring their chess ratings through participation in chess tournaments.
The chess team is open to children in grades 3 to 8. If you have a younger child who is eager and seriously interested in chess, please contact us for consideration.
We have scheduled an Information Session for families who are interested in learning more about our Competition Team. The Information Session is on:
Monday, July 30, 7:00pm
Please register for the Information Session by clicking on the button below (registration is required).
Can’t Make the Team but Interested in Intensive Training Session?
If your children are interested in chess but unable to participate in the competition team, they can still sign up for the intensive training session. This training session is a wonderful way to shake the dust off your children’s chess skills and give them a jump start back into chess. This is also a good way to test drive the option of participating in the competition team for the next cycle.