Wood Chess Board Manufacturer, The House of Staunton, Shares the Benefits of Teaching Chess to Children

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Aug. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Wood chess board manufacturer, The House of Staunton, shares the benefits of teaching chess to children.

Legend has it that chess was devised to improve the thinking skills of royal children in India. Since then, chess has been endorsed by world-class educators, including Benjamin Franklin and former Secretary of Education, Terrell Bell. There are several compelling benefits associated with teaching children to play chess:

  • Enhanced Focus and Stronger Planning Skills. Chess teaches children to focus and observe. The game also teaches students how to plan. Players must consider how moves made in the short-term effect long-term goals. This type of thinking develops patience, contemplation, and the ability to adapt. 
  • Superior Critical Thinking Skills. Chess requires children to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of various moves demanding that players consider multiple factors at once. These aspects of the game teach children how to analyze and evaluate. Analysis and evaluation are higher-order thinking skills that are critical to academic success.
  • Highly Developed Abstract Thinking and Visualization Skills. In order to assess their options, players must visualize several possible actions and their consequences. By seeing the movements of chessmen in their mind, children learn how to visualize. Visualization is a must-have skill for complex mathematics and creative pursuits. 
  • Advanced Application Skills. Chess requires students to consider the bigger picture. Being able to consider the big picture and its component parts is a skill that applies outside of chess. Children who can master this skill tend to be more successful with chess and their academics.
  • Social Skills. Competing on a chess team builds team spirit and friendship. Children learn sportsmanship and perseverance. Chess can increase a child's motivation. It can also improve behavior and enhance self-image. 

Research supports the educational benefits of chess. Studies show that playing chess results in increased standardized test scores in reading and math, as well as better scores in these subjects in the classroom. Additional research demonstrates that chess improves critical thinking. Overall, chess teaches children to be better critical thinkers and problem solvers starting in kindergarten. The game also turns them into independent decision makers.

About The House of Staunton: The House of Staunton is an American locally owned and operated small business. For over 27 years, they have manufactured the world's finest chess equipment. They sell a wide variety of chess sets, chess boards and chess boxes, and are the equipment provider for top chess tournaments worldwide. Their chess sets are featured in numerous movies and television shows as well as on book covers and in print ads. 

Media Contact: Shawn P. Sullivan, The House of Staunton, Inc., 256.858.8070, shawn@houseofstaunton.com

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