Chess in School

IMG_9980We intend to use chess within the educational framework to improve educational outcomes rather than using the educational environment to produce chess players (although that is an inevitable and very welcome by-product), for we regard Chess as an excellent teaching tool.

There are many reasons why chess should form part of a child's education.

A Legislature in the U.S.A has found and declared that:

• a) chess increases strategic thinking skills, stimulates intellectual creativity, and improves problem-solving ability, while raising self-esteem;

• b) when youngsters play chess they must call upon higher-order thinking skills, analyze actions and consequences, and visualize future possibilities;

• c) in countries where chess is offered widely in schools, students exhibit excellence in the ability to recognize complex patterns and consequently excel in math and science; and

• d) instruction in chess during the second grade will enable pupils to learn skills which will serve them throughout their lives.

An act concerning instruction in chess and supplementing Chapter 35 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

The above statements are validated by many other scientific researches on the correlation between Chess and Performance in School.