Why Chess?

By playing at chess we may learn:

1st: Foresight, which looks a little into futurity.

2nd: Circumspection, which surveys the whole chess-board

3rd: Caution, not to make our moves too hastily!

-Benjamin Franklin
(The Morals of Chess)

The basic task of parenting is to ensure excellent education for its children and prepare them for the real world. To ensure this objective and help children reach their potential is to provide them different outlets and opportunities in which they can succeed. And, one such opportunity is sports! 

Without sports, elementary education would be boring and lifeless for young school children. In fact, it vital for kids as it makes them learn a lot about life. Sports has been identified by UNICEF as one of the key component to the delivery of quality education. We all are aware of the advantages that sports brings with it and thus, the importance of sports in the life of a child is invaluable. Sports impart lessons that are essential in the life of a child and play a pivotal role in their makeup.

Parents have realized the importance of sports and that is precisely the reason why they look to introduce their child into sports from a tender age. Normally parents decide the sporting activity for their child, which they feel is best suited in fostering their (child’s) development and growth. This may be based on past experience (if parents themselves had an exposure to sports in their younger days),feedback and suggestions from family members and friends, facilities offered by the school where the child is studying and last but not least, the research tool on internet.

If you decide your child to initiate into this wonderful game of chess, I would say that it’s one of the best decision! It’s not because of the fact that I am myself a chess player and a trainer! It is simply recommend on the basis of pure scientific research, which says that chess playing kids do better at school and therefore have a better chance to succeed in life!!

To quote one research, the 1979-1983 Venezuela `Learning to Think Project’ which trained 100,000 teachers to teach thinking skills and involved a sample of 4,266 Grade-II students, reached a general conclusion that Chess, methodologically taught, is an incentive system, which is sufficient to accelerate the increase of IQ in elementary age children of both sexes at all socio-economic levels!

Yes, chess is loved by children and it is hard to find a more appropriate educational tool for the new generations. It is obvious that chess helps strengthen teaching in the educational program in the most efficient way.

Let me put the basic advantages the game of chess offers and, if my reasoning appeals you, you should no longer wait – go for chess!!