Chess and Education

Apr 6, 2017, 4:19 PM |


For a recent project, I wrote an article describing the many benefits of learning chess at a young age for my school newspaper, and I thought I'd share it here on  I realize that this medium is preaching to the choir, but enjoy anyway!



Chess and Education

Chess is a game played by millions worldwide. It can be played by anyone regardless

gender, race, religion, or athleticism. It’s no wonder that it has become prolific in

schools across the country. Learning chess carries myriad beneficial skills including

problem solving, critical thinking, caution, calculation, and thinking ahead. Many

schools, including Glenbard West, have taken advantage of this opportunity and founded

chess clubs at their schools. Joining these chess clubs has statistically proven to be

beneficial. A study published by James Liptrap for Chess Life magazine found that non-

honors elementary students who joined the school’s chess club “showed twice the

improvement of non-chess players in reading and mathematics…”. These improvements

are significant- they prove that learning a game can be beneficial to a student’s learning.

Results are also striking among more gifted students. A study done in Bradford,

Pennsylvania and published by Robert Ferguson showed that students with an IQ above

130 received significantly higher scores on standardized tests when they received chess

instruction. There is overwhelming evidence that schools that teach chess provide their

students with a service that is beneficial in the short term and the long term. Chess

installs mental skills inside students that will be useful to them throughout their entire

lives. But besides the extra benefits, chess is also a beautiful game that someone can play


for their entire lives. Chess provides a unique opportunity to acquire important skills

while enjoying one of the greatest games ever played.