The chess helps to improve the performance of children and young people in learning, taking advantage of the playful human capacity. This game implies putting multiple alternatives to the test, anticipating the opponent gestures and supposing the application of strategies according to the objective to be achieved.
It is a board game that promotes intellectual and recreational aspects while promoting socialization and respect for the rules. By analyzing the various game hypotheses and synthesizing the most appropriate one, the player also develops critical thinking.
Due to the multiplicity of alternatives in each move during a game of chess, memory is a very important ally of the player, since many movements can be based on experience and knowledge of similar positions used in other games.
It is essential to take into account that there is someone else playing, predicting the moves that will make and what will be the strategy followed by the opponent. In chess, anticipation is very important to respond appropriately and thus win the game.
Problem solving and decision making
Chess creates responsibility in decision making. In each move the child or adolescent faces different problems for which he must define and apply a solution strategy. As time must also be considered in the game of chess, decisions end up being made under the pressure factor, which allows to develop the speed and flexibility of reasoning.
Chess favors integration since age, nationality, and even language are not important, as children and young people or adults can play and it is not necessary to be a great player to participate in open tournaments.
It fosters organizational capacity and the balance between the rational and the emotional.
Creativity and imagination
The chess requires more than respond to the opponent moves or follow studied Games standards or practiced previously, creativity and imagination are the perfect allies for a strategy to surprise the opponent.
Acceptance of rules
Chess requires following a series of rules whose non-compliance is penalized, the player also cannot blame anyone for his mistakes, as it is his abilities and actions that determine his performance.
For all these reasons, teaching children and young people to play chess is a bet on training people who are more awake for learning and with a greater capacity for concentration.