Why Chess?

The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it.
— Benjamin Franklin, "The Morals of Chess" (1750)
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benefits of chess

The benefits of kids playing chess is well-researched. Playing chess, especially competitively, encourages and supports the development of several transferable life skills that are valuable both on and off the chessboard, including:

  • Dynamic problem solving

  • Analytical skills

  • Creativity

  • Pattern recognition 

  • Planning ahead

  • Concentration and attention to detail

  • Self-confidence and sportsmanship

  • Making value-based judgements

  • Independent reflection

Furthermore, we share the philosophy of IM Alexander Katz (former national scholastic chess champion and MIT student): “I think the real benefits from chess are indirect; the ‘chess makes you better at math’ narrative is more or less a misunderstanding of correlation versus causation. Instead the value of [competitive] chess comes in things like time management, learning how to effectively study, dealing with failure, and the simple ability to sit down and focus for long periods of time.”