Chess in Education
The value of chess as a tool for education & social benefits was first recognized by Benjamin Franklin in 1786.
Those three skills – analysis, evaluation and creation – are all involved at every step of a chess game!
Dr Alexey Root (Senior Lecturer, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Texas, Dallas) has demonstrated in a series of books how chess can be used to link with and support all the core curriculum subjects.
An issue for students from poverty is the underdevelopment of thinking skills due to an environment that lacks enrichment. The gap in development is a result of the impoverished social context. Chess as a way of "learning through play" provides the social context in which to develop or remediate thinking skills ..."[Joseph Eberhard, Ed.D]
Studies have shown chess to be an extremely powerful and effective way to develop higher order thinking and problem solving abilities in children, even in those as young as three years old.
SOME OF THE BASIC BENEFITS OF CHESS
... strengthens memory.
... teaches you to respect other people.
... teaches how to plan ahead.
... improves understanding of other school subjects.
... develops creativity
... builds confidence
... develops problem-solving skills
... exercises the brain
Chess helps you to remain calm under pressure
FIDE - Fédération Internationale des Échecs
The International Chess Federation / World Chess Federation