Chess Benefits

Chess Builds Brain Power

It is widely acknowledged that kids who play chess also tend to be strong in spatial reasoning, analytical thinking, problem-solving, science, math, memory, and verbal reasoning . . . and it is not just because chess is most attractive to smart kids. Playing chess demonstrably improves cognitive abilities. Somewhat surprisingly, the impact extends beyond the strictly analytical and problem-solving skills to reading, verbal skills, and building self-esteem.

Chess Builds Character

It is fun to win, but even strong players lose about as often as they win. It takes character to stay focused and cheerful after losing, but cultivating that strength of character is essential to improving in chess. As former World Champion Jose Capablanca famously said, “You will have to lose hundreds of games before becoming a good player.” For a player to lose hundreds of games, he or she has to bounce back from losses again and again and again — a wonderful exercise for practicing losing with dignity, standing up gracefully after a setback, and jumping back into the crucible as a stronger person.

Chess is a difficult game. It requires years of diligent work to master. However, even young kids often astound their parents and teachers with the sustained focus and energy they bring to their chess. The kid is having a great time, and the parents smile because their child has found a fun way to learn important life skills of diligence and focus.

Chess Is A Great Social Activity

Oregon scholastic chess players are a polite, conscientious, and friendly group. When chess kids gather with their peers for chess club or a tournament, they obviously share a love of the game and find it easy to meet new friends. Soon they discover that they have more in common with their new-found friends than they realized, and they develop a network of friends that extends throughout the state.

Chess Is A Fun Game

Finally, chess is just plain fun!