The Magic of Chess


Children from the K-12 National Championships explain the magic of chess.
Directed by Jenny Schweitzer, Presented by US Chess

The benefits of teaching chess to children are manifold. Studies suggest that the cognitive-boosting board game, which has endured around the world for more than 15 centuries, improves a child’s visual memory, attention span, spatial-reasoning ability, critical thinking, mental discipline, creativity, math skills, and logical reasoning. One study found that children who played chess scored an average of 10 percentage points higher on reading scores than their peers who didn’t play.

More details on The Atlantic website and the US Chess website.

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