About 1500 years ago, a game called chaturanga began to be played in India. This game was complex with many different pieces with various movements – endless possibilities! This game became so popular it began to spread via Persian traders to other people groups! Soon Europe took to the game, though the game did change a bit from its original chaturanga form. This game was so popular, it was called the game of kings as it made its way up to the highest position in the land. Can you guess what game I’m talking about yet? Chess! The game of kings and endless possibilities!
Chess has come to the forefront of the public’s mind more now than in a very long time. There are many reasons for this, but the two main reasons that chess has exploded in popularity in the last couple of years are due to the visibility of online chess during the pandemic and the TV mini-series “The Queen’s Gambit”. So, what is the big deal about chess and why does WinterPromise have two introductory programs about it?
The reason we have two introductory programs about chess (and one reason many are excited to see more interest in chess from the general public) is because of the incredible educational and developmental benefits of chess! Chess is a unique game that teaches so many incredible skills that are key to success in school and more importantly in life.
A list of the benefits will be seen below, but before we see the list, I wanted to talk about why chess is such a good way to teach these skills! First, chess gets them away from a screen, away from technology, and engaged in problem-solving from the get-go. Second, it gives them a fun and challenging game to teach those things. Third, it will develop unused or underdeveloped areas (focus, determination, problem-solving, grit) of their minds while having fun!
In conclusion, here is a list of benefits of chess for students:
- Critical Thinking
- Teamwork and Coordination
- Mental Fortitude
- Overcoming Adversity
- Logic and Reasoning
- Reading and Writing Improvement
- Improved Math Skills
All of this is packed into a game that has captivated millions and in a game that is never exhausted! Check out our Chess programs to see if your student would be interested in learning how to play!