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Why Chess is Good For You

Educators have long touted the benefits of playing chess, and it’s easy to see why!  Decades of research demonstrate that playing chess improves students’ social skills, memory, spatial skills, numerical abilities, verbal aptitude, creative thinking, problem solving, and reasoning skills.  Pretty impressive results from the contents of a cardboard box!

While learning and playing chess in an academic setting provide a fun, engaging exercise in strategic thinking, the most exciting finding that emerges time and time again is that these brain building benefits stick and support learners long after the chess boards have been put away.  Numerous studies suggest that the thinking skills fostered through the chess curriculum are effectively transferred, leading to overall improvements in players’ test scores and school achievement.

Read more about the cognitive benefits of using chess as a teaching tool:


“Chess in Education Research Summary”

Dr. Robert Ferguson, Jr., Executive Director, American Chess School.


“Why Chess?”

A comprehensive overview of the compelling reasons to challenge your mind by playing chess.


Critical Thinking Skills: Chess and Strategic Games

A school county proposes integrating strategic games into the curriculum to build 21st century thinking, problem solving, and teamwork skills


“The Case for Chess as a Tool to Develop Our Children’s Minds”

Dr. Peter Dauvergne, University of Sydney, 2000.

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