EFFECTS OF THE CHESS ON DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN
The discovery of the direct relation of chess with academic performance played an important role for the chess to be included in education system. Chess contributes to children to discover their own talents, develop them and use their intelligence in a more effective way. Besides these, chess also helps to develop planning, evaluation of options, imaging, focusing, analysis, vision and theoretic thinking skills of children.
With chess, children learn to focus on long term goals and to move step by step to reach them. Also they learn to review their plans in the face of new circumstances and to adopt them accordingly.
Evaluation of the Options
With chess, children learn to think of alternatives and advantages and disadvantages of each alternative for different situations instead of choosing right away the first option.
Children learn to visualize the situations and incidents before a series of things happen. Developing the ability of imaging is provided with practice that starts with a move and visualizing a few consequent moves in mind without touching chessman.
Chess teaches to observe with attention and concentration.
Chess teaches to children the evaluation of many consequent incidents together or one by one. It helps to find out logically whether the things that will happen be beneficial or harmful. Instead of giving immediate responses, it supports acting after the evaluation of situations and incidents.
Thinking Ahead (Vision)
Kids, learn to think before making a move with chess. The child learns to receive an effect after his/her every action and learns to think about how to respond to this effect. Chess teaches to be patient and considerate in time.
Chess teaches children to see the big picture with periodically leaving the details aside. It also teaches modeling and uses this model in different but related situations.
Besides all these, chess helps children to reach many thoughts simultaneously. In any of the circumstances, they learn to assess more than one options simultaneously. At critical situations it facilitates good thinking, better problem solving, independent and right decision making skills and develops them.
Chess also acts as a bridge which brings together students of different religions, languages, genders and races. Besides developing friendships and improving struggling skills of the individual, it also help to improve team work, cooperation and feeling of unity at team tournaments. Chess teaches sportsmanship. Teaches to win with success or struggle without giving up while starting to defense. All these skills create the parts of the game even though none of them just belongs to chess.
Researches conducted present that the children involved with chess possess high level creative and critical thinking skills and that they are successful in mathematics and reading classes. .
Chess is a sports that can be easily learned by every age and which boosts motivation, helps to correct behaviors, develops self-confidence and participation. The best advantage of chess is that it can enjoy children while it develops their intelligence and skills.