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My Adventures to 41 countries around the Globe (largely thanks to Chess):

The History of Chess

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Benefits of Chess:

Chess is rapidly becoming recognized as a popular game, sport, and educational tool – worldwide.
Chess improves academic performance.
Chess enhances
cognitive abilities, rational thinking, patience, and reasoning.
Chess uncovers
both a child’s and adult’s hidden abilities and talents.
Geniuses are typically recognised as productive creators in only six fields:
science, math, music, art, literature, and - Chess!

Benefits of FIDE Rating (standard chess):

1. FIDE rating is recognized worldwide as a benchmark of an accomplished chess player.
2. FIDE rating offers regional, continental and world international ranking.
3. FIDE rating gives instant recognition among the chess community.
4. FIDE rating is a basic requirement for FIDE player titles: WCM, CM, WFM, FM, WIM, IM, WGM & GM.
5. FIDE rating helps with eligibility for chess sport jobs such as a chess trainer, coach, or technical official.
6. FIDE rating gets concessions in entry fees and accommodation in international tournaments worldwide.
7. FIDE rating opens possibilities of acquiring sponsorships from corporates.
8. FIDE rating determines start ranking at FIDE-rated events.
9. FIDE rating is objective, without specific player, team, regional, or style bias.
10. FIDE rated events provide an avenue to reactivate inactive chess players’ rating.

Chess is an exercise of infinite possibilities for the mind, one which develops mental abilities used throughout life: concentration, critical thinking, abstract reasoning, problem solving, pattern recognition, strategic planning, creativity, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation, to name a few.

View or download “A Collection of Studies and Papers on Chess and Education“, courtesy of the FIDE Chess in Schools Commission.

The Morals of Chess by Dr Benjamin Franklin
The Benefits of Playing Chess at a a Young Age by FST & GM Susan Polgar

Why Teach Chess in Schools?:

  1. Chess has a mathematical basis. Mathematics is the tool of science, the language of technology and organised thought.

  2. Chess develops cognitive ability: attention, memory, analysis, and logic; all fundamental building blocks for personal growth.

  3. Chess is applicable to everyday life. It helps children develop the skills and social dexterity so important in society.

  4. Chess encourages self-assessment, healthy competition and teamwork.

  5. Chess encourages study and preparation as the way to achieve pre-set objectives and for the purpose of individual improvement.

  6. Chess is an excellent use of a child’s free time.
  7. The playing of chess can be exciting and therefore undertaken with enthusiasm.

  8. The equipment necessary to play chess – board and set of pieces – are cheap, durable and easily available.

Top 100 Benefits of Chess:

  1. Why Chess? Why not?

If still in doubt, how about this:

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