Why should we play Chess?

We encourage the young people to play chess because, Chess has been shown to improve academic performance. A youngster taking part in a chess program develops:

*critical thinking
*logic, reasoning, and problem solving abilities
*memory, concentration and visualization skills
*confidence, patience and determination
*good sportsmanship
*children who participate in chess programs improve their self-esteem

According to the study of The New York City Schools Chess Program (1986-1990).
--Chess dramatically improves a child's ability to think rationally
–Chess increases cognitive skills
--Chess improves children's communication skills and aptitude in recognizing patterns
--Chess results in higher grades, especially in English and Math studies
--Chess builds a sense of team spirit while emphasizing the ability of the individual
--Chess teaches the value of hard work, concentration and commitment
--Chess instills in young players a sense of self-confidence and self-worth
--Chess makes a child realize that he or she is responsible for his or her own actions and must accept  their consequences
--Chess teaches children to try their best to win, while accepting defeat with grace
--Chess provides an intellectual, competitive forum through which children can assert hostility, i.e. "let off steam," in an acceptable way
--Chess can become a child's most eagerly awaited school activity, dramatically improving attendance
--Chess allows girls to compete with boys on a non-threatening, socially acceptable plane
--Chess helps children make friends more easily because it provides an easy, safe forum for gathering and discussion –Chess allows students and teachers to view each other in a more sympathetic way
--Chess, through competition, gives kids a palpable sign of their accomplishments
--Chess provides children with a concrete, inexpensive and compelling way to rise above the deprivation and self-doubt which are so much a part of their lives