“Chess is the touchstone of intellect”. (Goethe)

  • Chess is a worldwide phenomenon, considered as a sport, art and science, becoming the most popular game of the mind in the world, with a history of over 1300 years. Chess is a universal game, in which there are no barriers of age, sex, race, nationality or disability.

  • The skills developed in the game of chess help adults to improve the quality of their decisions in everyday life, to develop plans and strategies and to follow rules.

  • Educating children through chess will have long-term results in the development of intelligence, in improving self-confidence, in increasing the rate of passing exams and in developing civic spirit.

Chess as an education tool

  • The European Parliament approved in March 2012 a statement recommending that Member States introduce chess into the education system, starting with the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Starting with the school year 2014 – 2015, chess becomes an optional subject in Romanian education. The discipline will be called, “Education through chess”, and the approved curriculum is intended for the primary cycle. Therefore, schools in Romania will be able to introduce this optional subject, lasting two years, for students in grades I-IV.

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Chess is the sport of the mind, and the brain is the most active part of the body during a game of chess. Studies show that practicing chess over time leads to the development of intelligence and increased IQ.
Chess teaches you to think logically, to develop strategies and to improve your memory. The brain functions like a muscle and needs constant exercise to keep it healthy.

Chess helps to improve school performance by making quick and accurate decisions under the pressure of limited time.
Chess helps to improve reading, memory, language and math skills. Studies show that students who practice chess have managed to get better results in school exams.

Chess is the best way to practice logical and critical thinking. For a child, chess means more than a game, it means arranging ideas, creating a plan, forming reasoned thinking and making choices.
Chess demonstrates the importance of drawing up a plan, concentrating, and showing the consequences of decisions made.

During the game of chess each player must pay attention to the opponent’s moves, paying attention to each piece and detail. Chess develops the power of concentration, patience and memory.

Chess helps a child develop his imagination as he learns the game and discovers new positions and possible combinations.
Chess gives clarity to thinking and encourages creative thinking. A chess player learns to see creative ways and discovers strategies on the chessboard.

Chess develops the spirit of independence, forcing the player to make decisions based only on his own reasoning. Chess helps children to become independent, to make decisions and to have a positive, winning attitude.
During the game of chess each player creates a plan, develops strategies and follows certain rules. Children gain confidence in their own strengths when they discover what wonderful things they can build with the power of their minds.

Chess stimulates the spirit of competition, team and fair play. Children learn, whether they lose or win a game of chess.
Chess competitions teach children what discipline, responsibility, fair play mean and help them become more competitive and persevering. At the same time, the children understand that the experience will help them in the future, and the previous effort brings results and satisfactions.
Chess is fun and is a form of socialization, favoring the integration of children in a team.

Chess teaches you to think logically and efficiently and helps you make the best choice from a large number of options. Thanks to chess, children learn to make the “best” choice from a large number of options under the pressure of time.