We have started back learning chess from 2nd class upwards. We are so lucky to have Olive teaching us for 6 weeks this term and a chess club will be starting soon.
Some fun facts about chess:
- Chess exercises both sides of the brain developing Logic, Critical Thinking and Creativity.
- Studies have shown playing chess regularly significantly improves visual memory and concentration
- The game of chess is a game of problem-solving, planning and foresight. Chess requires children to use cognitive functions such as decoding, analysis, thinking and comprehension which are all skills required for reading!
The social benefits of playing chess for children are well documented and include:
- Learning to win with grace and accept losses. Chess etiquette promotes good sportsmanship.
- Developing impulse control: Playing chess teaches children to consider the consequences of their actions.
- Mental resilience and confidence: Learning a new skill can help to build confidence and learning from one’s losses helps to develop mental resilience.
Chess helps children to develop everyday social skills by bringing them together playing games face to face. Chess players now make up one of the world’s largest communities – 605 million adults play chess regularly!