We are not going to detail in this article the different studies that show or point towards the benefits of chess in children . For this you can simply write “chess benefits” on Google or perform a similar search and you can check the amount of information collected on this topic. We want to explain, in a simple way, why chess is so positive in children, making them improve among other things in their ability to learn and, consequently, improve their studies.
Let’s think about the different phases important for children when it comes to learning . Particularly we are going to focus on their school studies. The learning of children in different school subjects is based on what they learn by attending class and what they learn by studying at home . Obviously the education and learning of children is based on other sources, such as what they learn at home directly from the family, or what they learn with their own experiences. But as I said, we are going to analyze how chess can favor children who practice academic learning.
Chess improves the capacity for attention and concentration , which obviously will favor learning at school. It is very normal for some children to get distracted while the teacher explains, but it will be more difficult for this to happen to children who practice chess and are accustomed to exercising their concentration in a regular way.
What is learned in class is remembered more easily by children who play chess . It is no secret that chess exercises and improves memory.
Chess favors social relationships , so that children who play chess will have a greater facility to function comfortably in school environments.
When you study chess and begin to assimilate many strategic concepts, which are applicable in everyday life, it is much easier for you to organize and mentally structure the new things you are learning.
But as we said, the learning of children in terms of subjects and subjects taught in schools, is not based solely on what they learn in class. As we have said, children who play chess will be more easily able to take advantage of it, but we need to assess how the study carried out by children at home is favored by the practice of chess.
The issues addressed above in terms of improving attention and concentration will also favor the performance of children when studying at home. But there is a very important factor and one that is not talked about so much that makes small chess players learn better from books or notes when they work at home: everything points to the fact that chess improves reading comprehension . Precisely in the first issue of the Capakhine Magazine , we included a study by the psychologist Miguel Ángel Malo Quirós , director of the Chess School “Francesh Vicent” of Segorbe, where he collects most of the information on research in this topic.
If chess also improves reading comprehension, it will not be difficult to understand how that helps enormously in the task of studying the books, notes and documentation that children handle.
I think there are many other reasons that can favor learning in general in children involved in the world of chess. For example , chess stimulates the ability to excel, logic or common sense, the ability to organize and plan, and more than almost any other activity the correct learning of our own mistakes. The latter favors a greater sense of responsibility.
In the first issue of Capakhine we also include an article by the psychologist Juan Antonio Montero , director and coordinator of social and therapeutic programs of the Magic Extremadura Chess Club, where he explains other benefits of chess, such as personal growth, the promotion of values or acquisition in a more strategic way of thinking.
Therefore there are many benefits of chess facets such as memory, concentration, attention, capacity for organization and planning, reading comprehension, logic, social relationships, ability to overcome, learning from mistakes , and much more. It is not strange that for once the politicians have agreed on something, approving in Congress the implementation of chess in schools during school hours .
I think you can not conclude this article without mentioning a last quality of chess for children, probably the first that they appreciate: chess is a very fun game.