For the last 1500 years, the game of chess has been captivating peoples minds the world over. The reason for this is quite elementary, chess is extremely fun! In recent years there have been scores of educational and psychological studies that examine the benefits of playing chess for children. An article entitled “The Case for Chess as a Tool to Develop Our Children’s Minds, by Dr. Peter Dauvergne of the University of Sydney, surveys these studies. This is a list of benefits is taken directly from this article and are scientific fact.

Chess helps to:

  • Raise intelligence quotient (IQ) scores
  • Strengthen problem solving skills, teaching how to make difficult and abstract decisions independently
  • Enhance reading, memory, language, and mathematical abilities
  • Foster critical, creative, and original thinking
  • Provide practice at making accurate and fast decisions under time pressure, a skill that can help improve exam scores at schools
  • Teach how to think logically and efficiently, learning to select the ‘best’ choice from a large number of options
  • Challenge gifted children while potentially helping underachieving gifted students learn how to study and strive for excellence
  • Demonstrate the importance of planning, concentration, and the consequences of decisions
  • Reach boys and girls regardless of their natural abilities or socio-economic backgrounds

TMACA is proud to be part of the Susan Polgar Foundation

The Susan Polgar Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation supported by charitable donations. The Foundation was established by GM Susan Polgar – the Winner of 4 Women’s World Chess Championships ,10 Olympic Medals (5 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze), and the first woman in history to break the gender barrier in chess.

The foundation began back in 2002 with the passion and commitment of moving the benefits and worthwhile lessons the game can bring to life. The benefits of chess such as developing decision making, critical thinking, logical thinking, evaluating, planning, problem solving, and perseverance skills are just a few beneficial rewards of playing the game. Chess also improves concentration, memory, intuition and self-control while promoting independence, imagination and creativity. “Chess is combining, I think, so many important qualities in life, such as concentration, focusing and planning ahead, and taking into account the people around you, and precision, and research, and psychology, and time management, and a number of other very important life skills that we deal with on an everyday basis. I believe chess teaches you to be more responsible,” states Susan. Since the foundation was started back in 2002, many events have blossomed and become the benchmark events for young girls and boys across the United States. Events such as the Susan Polgar Girls’ Invitational , Susan Polgar National Open Championship for Girls and Boys, Susan Polgar World Open Championship for Girls and Boys, Susan Polgar All-Star Girl’s Chess Team, NY City Mayor’s Cup Invitational Tournament, and the “Get Smart! Play Chess!” series all represent the finest in young competitive chess found in the world. In addition we also support elite annual events such as the SPICE Cup and the SPICE Spring Invitational.

“I believe that almost any healthy born child has the potential to become a very strong chess player.  We are working to prote chess at the grassroots levels.” – Susan Polgar

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