Learning chess at an early age can help with the development and growth of the child. It is a great tool that helps children learn to think for themselves and develop the ability to focus and think critically. This improves their memory at the same time. Even if a child loses the game, they subconsciously analyze what they did wrong, developing the ability to learn from their mistakes. Chess is an excellent tool for child intellectual development.
As a chess coach with students all over the world and with different ages, I divide all children in 3 groups. Here are the various benefits for each age demographic:
-Learning to reason and think on their own
-Developing their thought and attention spans
-Developing planning and organizational skills
-Improving memory and school performance
-Processing the ability to imagine and predict the consequences of their actions
High school age
-Improving emotional resilience and self-confidence
-Competitive drive to take on even the most difficult tasks
-Learning to be more goal-oriented
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Chess As A Tool For Growth
A young chess player must understand the meaning of the moves they make from a strategic point of view. Each move should be a part of a plan, which is based on the weaknesses of the opponent’s position. During a chess game, it is extremely important to arrange the pieces in such a way that they can interact with each other. It is impossible for a person to calculate all the combinations and understand how to arrange the pieces, but it is necessary to teach a chess player to understand the basic principles! This should be taught from childhood since later it will be much more difficult to re-teach or even impossible to do so.
To sum up, I would like to note that chess can become something more than just a game for a child. But no matter if the child becomes a professional chess player or not, they will benefit from playing chess anyway. It is quite difficult to really interest a child in something, although the choice of various activities is growing rapidly. So, if you notice your child showing some interest in chess, support them!