The Benefits of Your Child Playing the Game of Chess

The game of Chess is fun and entertaining for any age group.  However, it goes beyond being fun and teaches children how to use their critical thinking skills and sharpens their memory.  This was once considered an adult game until schools began to understand all the advantages and developmental skills that the game offered children.  Children are now playing the game at school, online, and around the world.

The game consists of a series of battle-like moves between the two opponents who share the same goal of winning.  The game can seem complex to some people because of its many moving parts and the varied movements each piece can make.  The object is to decide the best move to acquire the opponent’s pieces from the board.  The winner then checkmates his opponent which is the goal of both players.

Building Memory Skills

Chess forces the players to remain focused and sharpens their minds.  It enhances memory by making the players remember their move and plan their next move that can attack their opponent’s pieces.  Both players also need to remember each other’s moves so they are able to strategize their plan of attack.

Benefits of Chess

The game of chess is a great tool to teach children patience and how to strategize a plan of defeat against their opponents.  Chess is a great educational toy to help your child learn to use his or her critical mind and how to plan and strategize which they can use throughout their lives.

Learning to socialize is another benefit of the game.  Rather than goofing around as children do, they learn to socialize without using words.  Because the game calls for observing the other opponent, your child learns to observe others around them.

Your child’s concentration will be enhanced as well.  Rather than their mind wandering, they will use patience and have to concentrate in order to win.  It also teaches them to be precise.  They learn quickly that they must make the right moves or face the consequences of their opponent’s king and its army.

Teaching Your Child Chess

There are many pieces each opponent has to remember along with their permitted movements.  Chess includes a board, queen, king, rook, knights, and bishops.  The rooks are located at left to right at the end of the board and are only permitted to move in an L-Shape.  The knights can move diagonally or in a V-shape.  The King can go from one part of the board, left to right or to the front.  However, it’s the queen, not the king, that has all the power in this game.

If you search online you can find many tutorials, instructors, and even game rooms that teach your child how to play.   You can also find electronic chess games that will help your child develop stronger chess skills.

There are also books you can find at local libraries if you want to teach your child to play the game of chess at home.  Family chess time is a great way to bond with your child as they learn new skills.

Children have fun interacting with friends and faces they can’t see online.  Naturally, you need to take precautions to ensure your child understands not to enter websites that may have potential risks.  For more information on keeping your child safe online visit Internet Safety 101’s article, Predators and Trafficking 101.   Monitor your child’s activities when permitting them to play online as predators lurk in rooms they think a child may visit. 

In case you missed it, see our previous post, Educational Toys for Tots that Teach and Encourage.

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