The Chess Club

Starting from the kindergarten, there are activities intended to improve the thinking skills, intellectual abilities together with sense of patience, respect and competition, and our students have had significant achievements in interscholastic competitions. Children develop the ability to deal with multiple thoughts simultaneously.

The chess game, which requires a high level of concentration, teaches the children to evaluate and measure various factors at the same time, and make critical decisions.

Chess helps the children develop the ability of judging the alternatives, and producing innovative solutions. Chess, which had been included in the annual curriculum of the old east block countries for many years, is included in the programs of the kindergarten and the first grade in our school; chess class can be taken as an elective course during the club hours in other grades.

The Academic Benefits of Chess

FOCUS (Concentration): Teaches the children to carefully observe and concentrate. No matter how smart they are, they will not be able to react appropriately unless they observe the events carefully.

VISUALIZATION: Teaches the children to visualize a chain of events before they actually happen. It takes a lot of practice to calculate, first single moves and then multiple moves before actually touching a piece on the chess board.

THINKING AHEAD (Foreseeing): The children learn about thinking before making a move. We help them to think about the consequences of the moves they will make and how they should respond to these consequences. Chess teaches to be patient and mindful over time.

EVALUATING THE OPTIONS: The children learn that they should not do the first thing that comes to their minds. They learn to think about the alternatives, and to evaluate the pros and cons of those alternatives under various circumstances.

STRONG ANALYSIS: The children learn to evaluate individual or sequential events. Would the consequences help me or harm me? Decisions made by logical thinking are always better than sudden reactions.

THEORETICAL THINKING: The children periodically learn to see the big picture. At the same time, they learn how to make models and to apply these to separate, yet associated situations.

PLANNING: The children learn to focus on the long term objectives and to progress step by step to achieve those objectives. At the same time, they learn to review and revise their plans in case of contingencies.

Even though neither of these abilities is chess-specific, they are all parts of it. Being an education method that stimulates the intelligence of the child, the best part of chess is that it helps the child gain the above mentioned skills while having a good time. As a result, chess helps the children develop better thinking, better problem solving and independent decision-making abilities, and improve them.