Does Your School Need A Chess Club?

 In Narrative

Answer: YES.

Maybe I should have asked some more information about your school.  Is it an elementary school, middle school, high school, private school, charter school, home-school, college?  Honestly, it doesn’t matter.  The answer is still yes.

Chess is great for kids and adults of every age. Lets start with elementary school age.  With chess there is almost always a winner and a loser.  Learning to win and lose with grace can be a tough skill to learn but chess players do it at every game.  Chess is a confidence builder.  Not just through winning or losing but through seeing a plan that you carefully developed work just the way you thought it would.

For middle school kids, chess exercises both sides of the brain.  It nurtures both the creative and logic sides of the brain helping students to make decisions both analytically and visually.  Chess helps kids learn how to focus.  A chess game provides so many possibilities that kids must learn to focus in order to consider the best moves.

In high school, students learn that there are consequences to their actions.  Each move in chess will yield a positive and negative consequence.  Students who learn how to predict these consequences tend to do better in chess and life.  Chess also helps students learn to be calm under pressure.  As a student is attacked in chess, they must learn to calmly evaluate the merits of the attack.  High school students are faced with mounting pressure.  Chess helps them learn to deal with the pressure in a healthy way.

So if schools at any level can benefit from a chess club, why don’t all schools have a chess club?  Usually it is resources.  We can help with that.  If your school doesn’t have a chess club and you would like to get more information on how to get one started, let us know so we can partner with school administrators to get a program started.

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