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In many countries such as Mexico, Iceland or Venezuela, chess is already part of school subjects. In Spain, it will also be. Many may wonder why a game like chess will be part of children's curricular activities.
It should not be so strange to us, since there are many studies and experiences that point towards the benefits that chess contributes to the little ones.
Experience shows that chess, in addition to improving the intellectual qualities of children, makes them improve their academic performance. Next we are going to expose some of the contributions of the game of chess.
1. Smarter kids: Formerly it was thought that intelligent children played chess. Today we have a different starting point: it is chess that makes young people smarter. Chess develops memory, logic, spatial vision, concentration and attention, the ability to plan, organize and analyze, and even more recent research points towards improving reading comprehension.
2. Better performance in the subjects: Children will get more out of the explanations they attend during classes (greater concentration, attention and memory) and will be able to better organize their tasks at home (greater planning capacity, development of logic and in this case it will also count in their favor greater ability to concentrate.) If chess improves reading comprehension, as seems to be inferred from the latest research, it is easy to conclude how this will help children in their studies.
3. More responsible children: Chess makes children more responsible people, who know how to learn from mistakes, analyze them and draw positive lessons from them. Children who play chess integrate socially more easily and acquire a series of positive values that will help them in their lives and in their studies.
To such an extent the improvement in children's ability to concentrate with the game of chess has become clear that some research, such as the recent study of the Dr. Hilario Blasco, psychiatrist of Iron Gate Hospital, point out the benefits of chess to treat children with ADHD (hyperactive children). Among the conclusions of the eminent Dr. Hilario Blasco, it is pointed out that chess can replace medication in some cases of ADHD.
Chess is an activity that is available to anyone. All you need is a board and some pieces and children will be able to enter a magical and enriching universe that will bring them great benefits, both in their studies and in their future.
Luis Fernandez Siles
Director of Capakhine, chess magazine for children and parents
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