Chess is a game that stresses many developmental, social and problem-solving skills. Research studies have shown chess can improve memory and imagination, and lead to higher verbal, reading and math scores among children.
Chess teaches higher-order thinking skills:
- critical thinking
- risk management
- spatial understanding
The game gives players a method to:
- test strategies for success
- analyze their merits
- choose the wisest course using the information at hand
Some children are content with learning the rules of the game and playing socially with their friends. Others appreciate the challenge and competition the game provides and are eager for more intensive instruction.
I began playing tournament chess at the age of five and chess has been part of my life ever since. Anecdotally, I can say that the acquisition of these skills enabled nearly all of the chess players I grew up with to make good grades in school and good choices in life.
Best of all, your child thinks he or she is learning a game!
Check out this article about one of Mike's 2010-11 scholastic chess clubs:
by Victoria Moreland, South Charlotte News, February 16, 2011