Chess for Children

Studies have shown that playing chess can benefit children in a number of ways, and not just in potentially improving self confidence and self esteem. Playing chess can help kids improve concentration.

In a study by the New York City Schools, it was found that “Chess dramatically improves a child’s ability to think rationally . . . increases cognitive skills . . . improves children’s communication skills and aptitude in recognizing patterns . . . results in higher grades, especially in English and Math studies.”

In the Whitcomb Family Daycare, children are encouraged to learn to play chess and to learn to concentrate.

Chess Combination by Jose R. Capablanca

In a chess tournament in New York City, in 1918, Jose Capablanca (who would become chess champion of the world) played a brilliant combination against a master. Analysis of this combination may help children to understand the importance of analysis in more than just chess; it may help us to better understand the importance of clear thinking while analyzing something.

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  1. […] more ways than one, especially when chess is compared with most other games. A recent post on the Child Care for Lakewood Blog goes into details: In a study by the New York City Schools, it was found that “Chess dramatically […]

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