Harry Hoag Chess Club had approximately 30
students in grades 3rd – 6th participate in Chess Club this year.
They met on Tuesdays in the Elementary School library where they
learned about the "Game of Kings" over the last three months. They
were guided in their discovery by advisors Mr. and Mrs. Arndt.
Several high school student volunteers, including Bradley Najdek
(grade 10), Shawn Murphy, Chris Burgess and Cameron Tamsett (all
grade 8) assisted the chess club.
Club members practiced fundamentals including
board set-up and starting combinations and learned important skills.
More advanced players studied beginning and intermediate level
According to ConnectionsAcademy.com, some
benefits for elementary students who play chess are:
Chess playing improves concentration
and memory. According to studies done at the University of
Memphis, playing chess significantly improves children’s visual
memory, attention span, and spatial-reasoning ability.
Chess playing enhances reading and
math skills. Researchers found that students who played
chess showed more improvement in reading and/or math assessment
scores than their non-chess-playing peers.
Chess playing fosters logic, critical
thinking, and creativity. Chess favors the “if–then”
thinker. “If I move here, then my opponent may move here, here, or
even here.” That’s logic and critical thinking in action.
Playing chess also encourages and
rewards hard work. Chess offers immediate feedback. Lose
your focus, lose a piece.