'Chess is played with the mind and not with the hands!'

(Renaud and Kahn)

Chess has long been regarded as a game that can have beneficial effects on learning and on development, especially when it is played from a young age. Some of the most critical benefits that chess can provide to a learner include:

  • Developing analytical, synthetic and decision-making skills, which they can transfer to real life.
  • Learning to engage in deep and thorough chess research, which will help them build their confidence in their ability to do academic research.
  • Helping learners gain insights into the nature of competition, which will help them in any competitive endeavour.
  • When youngsters play chess they must call upon higher-order thinking skills, analyse actions and consequences, and visualise future possibilities.
  • In countries where chess is offered widely in schools, learners exhibit excellence in the ability to recognise complex patterns and consequently excel in maths and science.
  • Teaching learners discipline from a very early age.
  • Teaching learners to plan ahead.
  • It exercises both sides of the brain.
  • It increases creativity.
  • It improves memory.

'Of Chess it has been said that life is not long enough for it, but that is the fault of life, not Chess'

(William Ewart Napier)

For more information, contact Mrs Janene Bladwell.