Chess Masters

Continuing on from the success of last term chess club will continue every Wednesday during rewards time. We have a chess master, Chris, who comes into the school so pupils can gain as much knowledge and skill from the game as possible. Chris has built up a great rapport with the pupils and the club is growing from strength to strength.

There are many benefits from children learning to play chess;
Chess improves brain power. Just as a football player has to train the leg muscles to become faster and to be in good shape, a chess player needs to train their most important “tool” which enables them to achieve great results – the brain. One great benefit is that brain power helps your children to perform well in the classroom at school. If your kids play chess, they will be used to sitting for a longer period of time and think about a problem, skills that can prove very beneficial at school.

Chess improves social skills. The chess rules dictate that chess players ought to shake hands before the game, treat their opponent respectfully by not overtly distracting them, and the losing player shouldn’t tip the board upside down and storm off in disgust (however strong the urge). This shows that there are many social attributes to the game, too. Children learn to respect others, and to be disciplined in terms of being reasonably silent.

Chess improves strategical thinking. In order to fulfil larger tasks in life, it is always a good idea to have a plan outlining how to achieve your goal step by step. It’s important to take a deep breath and look for a sensible strategy. Chess helps a lot in that respect. Playing chess makes it easier to calm down in challenging situations. During a chess game, you have to figure out many different plans,give up on some of your ideas and look for new ones, being flexible.

Chess helps you concentrate. Many children have very short attention spans. They watch plenty of short videos on YouTube or use apps on their parents mobile devices or tablets. This, however, leads to the problem that they soon get bored and switch their activities at rapid pace. In essence, there are lots of reasons why chess has a positive impact on children and why your child should play chess. If you would like your child to get involved in chess club or have any queries please contact Mr.McSorley at the school.