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cultivating strategic thinking

Updated: Dec 15, 2023

In today's fast-paced, technology-driven world, our children are constantly bombarded with information and stimuli. This can make it challenging for them to develop critical thinking skills and the ability to make sound decisions. However, there is a game that has been played for centuries and continues to be a valuable tool for developing these essential skills: chess.


Chess is not just a game of strategy and tactics; it is a microcosm of life. Just as in chess, we must constantly evaluate our options, assess risks, and make calculated decisions in our daily lives. By learning to play chess, children can develop these skills and apply them to their schoolwork, relationships, and future endeavors.


Here are some specific ways that chess can help children thrive in a digital world:


Benefits of playing chess.

Exactly! Why not give it a try today? Children as young as 6 can learn the basic rules of chess. There are also many age-appropriate resources available, such as chess apps and books that are readily available on the internet.


As we move forward into an increasingly digital future, chess will remain a valuable tool for cultivating the skills our children will need to thrive. By introducing chess to our children early, we can provide them with a foundation for success that will extend far beyond the chessboard.


So, as we look ahead to the new year and the opportunities that lie ahead, let's embrace chess as a tool for cultivating strategic thinking in our children. With its ability to nurture essential life skills, chess is not just a game; it's a powerful investment in our children's future success.


Here are some more facts:


  • A study published in the journal "Frontiers in Neuroscience" found that chess training improved participants' ability to analyze complex information and make sound decisions.

  • A meta-analysis of 12 studies found that chess training was associated with enhanced cognitive flexibility, which is essential for critical thinking and problem-solving.

  • A study published in the journal "Neuropsychology" found that chess players showed increased activity in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory and spatial reasoning.

  • A meta-analysis of 33 studies found that chess training was associated with increased sustained attention and improved ability to filter out irrelevant information.

  • A review of research published in the journal "Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts" concluded that chess can stimulate creativity and innovation by promoting divergent thinking and risk-taking.


Does that mean that if you are not a child, then you have missed the train to Chessington?

Not at all.


National Master (NM) Todd Bryant recently posted an article on chess.com evidencing that even busy people older than 50 can make significant progress learning how to play the game and improving their current skills if they already know how to play.


Chess is a powerful tool for developing strategic thinking skills in kids and adults. Chess training exercises the mind to think ahead, anticipate consequences, and make informed decisions, all of which are essential skills for success in life. To succeed in chess, one must constantly evaluate the current position on the board, considering their opponent's strengths and weaknesses, their own available resources, and the potential consequences of each move.


I hope this blog post and infographic have inspired you to consider introducing chess to your children or to your life. If it has, feel free to reach out!

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