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
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.