How having Chess as a part of School Curriculum improves Students
Have you ever wondered how a simple Board Game can be so intellectual and focus demanding?
Have you ever wondered why different Countries are adopting Chess as a part of their Curriculum?
30 Countries have made Chess a part of their School Curriculum.
The answer to these questions is simple: Chess is not just a Board Game, but it is as engaging as any complex Math Problem and requires as much practice, hard work, and memorization as any difficult High School Subject.
These aspects make Chess not just a game, but a factor that results in the overall development of a student, intellectually.
Creativity: Moving towards Originality
Chess is a game unique in a way that it encourages creativity without boundations while having a fixed set of rules.
While it is easy to win a game of Chess by memorizing a fixed set of tricks and tactics against a weak opponent, the true Achiever of difficult matches is one who practices creativity. In complicated matches of Chess, when the game reaches a place where the memorized tricks fail, imagination is used to win.
Chess discourages rigid thinking and encourages the players to think boundlessly. It teaches the players the skills of independent decision making and coming up with moves that surprise the opponent completely, thus increasing imaginative thinking.
As students, developing imaginative thinking will not only enhance their performance in academics but also help them in their careers in the long run.
Not only this, but Chess’ improvisation of imaginative thinking is also a scientifically proven fact. Since Chess increases the activity of the Right Hemisphere of the Brain, and the Right Hemisphere is responsible for the Brain’s creativity, it is inevitable for Chess to enhance a person’s creativity.
Concentration: Having Better Focus
Be it a lazy student or one with great creativity, Chess is a game that enforces concentration in everyone who plays it.
If you are involved in a tough game of chess, and you let your brain distracted even for a minute- you’ll lose. This is because every move in chess is so important that it can make you win or lose.
In this way, it becomes important for even weak players to focus every minute of the game: so students that might be weak in academics start having better concentration and better focus.
A few years ago a study was conducted for proving this fact. The children playing Chess were found to be more intelligent in academics while those not playing it were found to be poorer in academics too.
Memory: To Remembering Better
Chess is a game that involves logical thinking, intense observation and a lot of memorization.
A student playing Chess is required to remember lengthy variations and complicated techniques. Working on these things automatically improves his memory.
Chess players also have to remember every past move their opponent has made, and tricks that help them to win. This enhances their recalling capability to amazing extents.
The pattern of the Chess Board and the various number variations involved in the process are also essential in enhancing the player’s memory.
This is how Chess improves concentration, memory, and creativity. It reaches beyond being just a simple Board Game to developing the student playing it overall in diversified ways.