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15 Educational benefits of chess

15 Educational benefits of chess

The Educational benefits of chess are so many, quite a number of researches have been carried out on this topic and today we have a large volume of writeups to prove that chess affects positively academic improvement in kids and adults. But today I just want to help you highlight a few.

  1. “Playing Chess helps students develop thinking and analyzing skills, concentration greater self-control, and self-confidence….” William Jefferson Clinton
  2. “Chess teaches that decision must be an outcome of serious thought process” Jacob Zuma
  3. ” Chess teaches discipline” Jacob Zuma
  4. Ethical sense. Improvement in attitude and general behavior.
  5. Chess is definitely an excellent memory exerciser, the effects of which are transferable to other subjects where memory is necessary. John Artise – Chess and Education
  6. Pupils who learn chess enjoy a significant increase in their reading skills. Margulies – The Effect of Chess on Reading Scores – NY
  7. Learning Chess has a positive influence on the development of both numerical and verbal aptitudes. Albert Frank – Chess and Aptitudes – Zaire 1974
  8. Focus – Children are taught the benefits of observing carefully and concentrating. If they don’t watch what is happening, they can’t respond to it, no matter how smart they are.
  9. Visualize – Children are prompted to imagine a sequence of actions before it happens. We actually strengthen the ability to visualize by training them to shift the pieces in their mind, first one, then several moves ahead.
  • Think Ahead – Children are taught to think first, then act. We teach them to ask themselves “If I do this, what might happen then, and how can I respond?” Over time, chess helps develop patience and thoughtfulness.
  • Weigh Options – Children are taught that they don’t have to do the first thing that pops into their minds. They learn to identify alternatives and consider the pros and cons of various actions.
  • Analyze Concretely – Children learn to evaluate the results of specific actions and sequences. Does this sequence help me or hurt me? Decisions are better when guided by logic, rather than impulse.
  • Think Abstractly – Children are taught to step back periodically from details and consider the bigger picture. They also learn to take patterns used in one context and apply them to different, but related situations.
  • Plan – Children are taught to develop longer-range goals and take steps toward bringing them about. They are also taught the need to reevaluate their plans as new developments change the situation.
  • Juggle Multiple Considerations Simultaneously -Children are encouraged not to become overly absorbed in any one consideration, but to try to weigh various factors all at once.

So, when your kid picks up the chess set at home and says “Daddy/Mum, let’s play!” you shouldn’t hesitate to join them; because to the kids, while they only think about having fun with it, they are indirectly having a gym session.

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