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5 benefits of Chess to Kids

Updated on June 7, 2013

5 Ways Children can benefit from Chess Games

The benefits of chess to the growth and well being of a child can not possibly be given in perfect details but even when summarized practically says more than enough. As you may already know chess is the most popular indoor game in the world and this is because of its inherent benefits and effects it has on both the mind and body.

Chess helps kids improve their literacy and numeracy skills

Chess is known to improve the reading and math solving skills of children especially at the elementary level. Children who are acquainted to chess early in life especially before the age of 7 tend to have remarkable math and reading skills when compared to those who are not.

Chess helps improve logical and creative thinking in kids

Children who learn to play chess at an early age learn the rudiments of effective decision making and planning as chess naturally implants strategic reasoning in its players. The effect of this on children is that they will be able to analyse situations properly and think for themselves particularly with the regard to choice of making a career decision at the most expedient time.

The other inherent benefit of chess is its tendency to provoke creativity. Children who are naturally creative are not limited to factors they see physically rather are able to look inwards and imaginatively for solutions to their problems. Hence active chess players over time are the most creative and imaginative of persons. Children with creative abilities are not just talented but could rightly be called genius.

Chess aids retentive memory in kids

A study conducted by the Russian ministry of Education in 1950 was able to establish that children who learnt chess at an early age had more retentive memories than those who did not. As a result chess was introduced into the Russian school curriculum with the effect that as of 2010 Russia has not only the largest number of leading chess players in the world but a significant number of children with high retentive memories. Along with Brazil, Canada and Switzerland chess has become both an academic and recreational tool used in shaping the mental and physical outlook of the child in those countries.

Chess can also Improve kids social skills

As a reflection of personality, chess actually is a way to socialize. Think of it this way at parks, open spaces and clubs when people play chess they often have a preferred style and opening. This is a larger reflection of the mind playing those moves. It is through such medium that one picks potential friends, partners or trainers and advisers in whatever field they deem them appropriate.

Chess games also help kids with problem solving

Kids are likely to encounter problems in life both school and non school related. When kids are put through the rudiments of studying chess positions they build an instinct for solving problems or seeking solutions to real life problems that's the kind of stuff entrepreneurs are made of.


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