Junior high school chess club improves critical thinking skills, exceeds expectations
- By Ariel Draper | Special to the Herald
The king may be the most important, but the queen is the most powerful.
There are six different pieces that all move differently, moving into positions where they can capture the opponent’s pieces, defend their own pieces from being captured and control important squares in the game. When the opponent’s king is attacked and cannot avoid being captured, checkmate has occurred, and the game is over.
The game of chess teaches many important life skills such as patience, strategy, logic and concentration.
According to the Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation, chess can also help students by improving spatial abilities, high-order thinking skills, visual memory, attention span, prediction, critical thinking, and problem solving.