Chess teaches to think and is also fun. Although many people think chess is either boring or complicated, these are absolutely false beliefs. The game of chess makes one of the most important contributions to the field of education. Inherent in it are the basic principles of psychological learning theory: Memory, Pattern Recognition, Decision making, and Reinforcement. Chess teaches children to think analytically, logically and on more than one level.
Chess provides an active learning environment where children use their brains, think about ideas, solve problems and immediately apply what they learn. Learning chess is fast, fun, supportive and attractive. Researches on chess proved this sport helps chess players develop mental capacities, like creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and time management, all of which play an important role in our daily life.
According to Leontxo García, journalist and lecturer specialized in chess: "If we think of the controversial and famous Pisa report, which says that Spanish children fail mainly in solving math problems, and in reading comprehension, chess is precisely very effective in these two areas because it is scientifically proven in many countries throughout the world, that children who frequently play chess, develop, improve their performance in mathematics and reading comprehension by on average 17% more than other children.
We can also state categorically with strong scientific proofs that people who practice chess frequently delay their brain aging, which is extremely important when it comes to preventing the Alzheimer disease or if not to prevent it at least delay it, as well as many other dementias."
BENEFITS OF CHESS
Chess is one of the most powerful educational tools available to strengthen a child’s mind. It’s fairly easy to learn how to play. Regardless a child’s age, chess can enhance concentration, patience, and perseverance, as well as develop creativity, intuition, memory, and most importantly, the ability to analyse and deduce from a set of general principles, learning to make tough decisions and solve problems flexibly.