Our Challenge: Learn to play chess
All children are born with the ability to problem solve so letting you child have a go at chess while they’re young and encouraging them to play the game is one of the best things parents can suggest. Yes, it seems to be that more boys play chess and that’s why I think parents should also encourage their girls to play chess or at least give it a try too.
There is lots of evidence that demonstrates how children who play chess perform better in school, have improved calculating ability, and are more imaginative, creative, and self-motivated.
Chess encourages children to explore new ideas, be inventive and creative, and to use their imagination. Playing chess can also help to nurture the soft skills that enhance essential areas of children’s academic, social and emotional life too.
By playing chess children will become more patient and develop sharper memories; all of which improves communication skills, confidence and builds self-esteem. These skills will be useful to them in real-life situations as they grow older. And as children become better at chess, their ability to quickly identify and remember more and more patterns will improve.
The reality is that chess will show children how to cope with defeat; develop friendships and teach them how to learn and play better together as well. It’s also important for children to learn chess as there are effective social and interactive skills they’ll develop when their families get together to spend time enjoying each others’ company.
Richard Weekes runs junior chess clubs in SE London, so if you’d like your child to have a few lessons and learn how to play you could contact him for a chat.
Richard Weekes Chess Academy