(Source: FIDE Chess-in-Schools)

Why Offer Chess-in-Schools?

  • The plates of both children and teachers are full to overflowing with content. How and why should schools find a place for chess?

  • Schools and educators need a simple and direct way to teach thinking skills. It is important that the content should not keep expanding every day. The main challenge for children should be to explore and develop the way that we think. If it could be fun as well, that would be ideal.

  • Chess provides the perfect educational cutlery or chopsticks to achieve that!

Chess as a Teaching Tool

  • Chess has all the qualities needed to be an excellent teaching tool.

  • For maximum benefit, it should be introduced in schools not to develop chess players but to further a child’s development.

  • Chess can be used to solve educational problems, especially when used to teach process standards, the ‘Thinking Skills’.

  • Chess used, not for the sake of teaching chess, not to create better chess players, but to create more intelligent schools leavers, better adapted to our knowledge-based world; a brighter future for our global society.

Educational benefits of chess

  • Chess teaches children to think analytically, logically and on more than one level.

  • Chess helps promote intellectual growth and has been shown to improve academic performance.

  • Chess is a powerful tool for developing thinking and memory in children.

  • It teaches children to think analytically, logically and on more than one level.

  • It also helps them build up their decision-making tools. It educates them to be responsible for their decision and the consequences of those decisions.

  • Chess enhances cognitive abilities, rational thinking, patience, and reasoning.

  • Chess uncovers both a child’s and adult’s hidden abilities and talents. 

  • Geniuses are typically recognised as productive creators in only six fields: science, math, music, art, literature, and - Chess!

Social benefits of chess

  • Reduced delinquency

  • Improved ethical sense

  • Improved discipline

  • Improved sense of fairness

  • Integration of minorities

  • Improved social mobility

Health benefits of chess

An increasing amount of attention has been paid to the health benefits of chess. These are most recent discoveries and point to the great value of learning chess during childhood since it seems to confer health benefits almost from the cradle to the grave. They can be summarized as:
 
  • Chess leads to an improvement in cognitive functioning and has been cited as a significant tool in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

  • Chess can help patients who have suffered from stroke to recover.

  • Chess assists recovery in people suffering from physical and emotional disability.

  • Chess helps to prevent anxiety and depression by encouraging self-improvement, improving self-esteem and self-confidence,

  • By contrast, excessive time spent on activities that do not challenge the brain, particularly watching television, has been linked to an increased incidence of depression.

  • Chess, as recreational therapy, helps prevent or reduce non-adaptive or inappropriate behaviour.

  • It has long been known that chess improves attention, memory organization skills and perception.

  • It improves the ability of cognitive-impaired individuals to work on issues related to orientation, sensory stimulation and environmental awareness.