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Ever since chess was first invented a few thousand years ago, possible in India, it has provided an endless source of enjoyment and fascination.

Reasons to Play Chess
Knowing how to play chess can be extremely beneficial to children (actually anyone) – here are some reasons.

  1. Critical thinking
  2. Better brain function
  3. Improves memory
  4. Improves concentration
  5. Improve reading skills
  6. Improve cognitive abilities
  7. Develops logical thinking
  8. Develops imagination and creativity
  9. Develops the capability to predict and foresee consequences of actions
  10. Develops strategic thinking
  11. Increases problem solving skills
  12. It teaches independence
  13. Inspires self-motivation
  14. Learning discipline
  15. Exercise both sides of the brain
  16. It can raise your IQ
  17. It help prevents Alzheimer’s
  18. It grows dendrites

Chess can be regarded as a character builder in that it resembles life. You have to face facts, plan, take decisions and learn to accept the consequences of your decisions. Participation in competitive chess is ideal for the development of qualities such as self-control, perseverance and sportsmanship. It teaches our young people to succeed in a highly competitive world, to expect competition and face up to it through effective planning, to strive to the utmost in reaching their objectives but also to emerge from the battle as worthy losers. It furthermore exercises the intellect, promotes creative thinking and the ability to concentrate for long periods, which should help a child to improve his academic achievements.

There is no reason why schools should not be as proud of the performance of their chess players as they are of achievements in the fields of academics, culture or sport. Somewhere in South Africa there may be a future world champion. It is the task of schools to find him and assist in his development.

This PREFACE is taken from the CHESS MANUAL FOR SCHOOLS, compiled by the late Martin Serfontein.

“Chess is life in miniature. Chess is struggle, chess is battles”
Garry Kasparov, World Chess Champion.
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