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.
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.