Chess is a brilliant game of strategy. There is significant scientific evidence that children who learn chess at a young age develop valuable skills and qualities that are positively applicable to their academic success, as well as life in general. Review the following programs to select which level is the right one for your child.
For players who are well versed on the game rules and have played for some time or taken some chess classes in the past, this class will continue exploring elements of game strategies and present students with more sophisticated puzzles and challenges to further improve their skills.
For players who have been playing chess for some time, this class aims to take their strategy to a new level. Students work on challenging chess puzzles and problems, notation is introduced and practiced, and students are trained and encouraged to take part in chess tournaments. During the last 15 minutes of class, the students will learn about chess history and players to promote their general knowledge of the game.
For those who are relatively new on the Chess scene, we offer the beginner class.
NOVICE - If your child has never played chess before or is still unsure of how the pieces move and the rules of the game, there is a prerequisite 3-wk Novice course taught by our Chess assistant to get your Chess player versed in the game.
BEGINNER - Once the child is familiar with the rules of the game and has played some games on his/her own, they can transition to the Beginner course, taught by our Chess instructor. The program will start building the basics of the game with exercises and puzzles.
Benefits of chess
Improvement in Intelligence Quotient (IQ) Scores
Chess raises children’s level of thinking to a much higher level. They learn to use more of their brain power in a way that’s beneficial for many other aspects of their intellectual performance. It also improves their reasoning and ability to make good decisions patiently.
Responsible and Independent Decision Making
During their games, children experience various consequences of their decisions that they must make without receiving any outside help or opinion. This contributes to the child’s ability to become a better decision maker later in life.
Creativity and Original Thinking
Playing chess encourages a child’s mind to be creative and generate original ideas. They must imagine their future moves. While one aspect of chess is calculative and akin to math, there is also unlimited room for imagination and creativity.
Chess is an unmatched tool when it comes to challenging and teaching the child to identify a problem and produce a solution. Children will learn to look at the problem from different perspectives, weigh different options and consider many possible solutions.
Chess improves a child’s memory through thinking several moves ahead while memorizing many possibilities. Interestingly, while not directly applicable to children, it is a universally recognized phenomenon that Alzheimer’s and other mental disorders are rare among the elderly people who play chess.
Discipline, Attention and Concentration
Perhaps one of the most important benefits of chess is its potential to improve concentration and attention, even in children with learning differences, such as ADHD.
Logic and Efficiency
Chess teaches logic – because each move in a game is a logical step towards the overall goal, and there’s strong logic in the interaction of pieces; and efficiency – because you’re given a finite amount of resources that you need to put to the best use possible while playing against an opponent who pursues the same goal.