In what way can chess training help you?


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Recently, I came across some very interesting news and I’m very happy to share it with you: Spanish schools have introduced chess class to boost maths learning for their students.
chess kids

 

More precisely, just an hour of chess training a week can improve a pupil’s performance in maths by 30%, as schools across Spain are finding out. In an effort to boost their pupils’ low maths and reading marks, more and more Spanish schools are holding chess clubs – and some could even make it a compulsory class.

 

It really increases your mental capacity. I have improved a lot,” said Alvaro, an eleven-year-old student at a chess group in his school north of Madrid.

 

One of the instructors divides the lesson time between chess games, theory, and showing the pupils “cool things that they really like, moves like ‘the nail’ and the ‘x-ray attack’.”

 

Chess as an official educational tool

 

The southern Russian region of Kalmykia is seen as the pioneer in using chess as an official educational tool, having introduced it as a school subject in 1996. Armenia became the first country to apply the policy nationwide in 2011. Mexico followed in 2014, as well as parts of China, India and Germany.

 

Note: part of this article is taken from here.

 

Let’s discuss!

 

What do you think about making chess a compulsory or optional subject in schools? I would appreciate your thoughts and ideas on this. Feel free to write your comments below. 🙂

 

WHY chess?

chess brainWhy do people play chess? What is the useful effect of this game? I have already answered these questions in my past articles:

 

How to train effectively in chess?

 

There are many questions that may arise when it comes to training. Below are some:

  • The number of hours per day spent on each aspect of chess?
  • How and what to train with only 1-2 hours free per week?
  • How to make steady progress?
  • How to work best when alone?
  • Scheduling for an effective study plan
  • And lots more

To answer all these questions, I have created the FREE chess course “Chess Training Plan for Rapid Improvement” for you. This three-part video series will change the way you train for chess! 🙂

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Also, I’m very happy to see this kind of chess development around the world! 🙂 You can spread your love of chess by sharing this article with your friends.
designTo finish today’s article, let’s ‘boost’ our minds!

Sasikiran – Gerzhoy
chess White to play

 

White has got a very good advantage. But how should White finish the game now? After calculating all possible variations, you can check the whole game here.

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  1. Do you feel that chess helps you develop some useful skills like patience, planning etc? What do you like the most about chess? You are welcome to write your ideas here in comments, I’ll be glad to know your thoughts.

  2. Do you feel that chess helps you develop some useful skills like patience, planning etc? What do you like the most about chess? You are welcome to write your ideas here in comments, I’ll be glad to know your thoughts.

    1. Hi Igor,
      The subjects you are mentioning here are of extreme importance.
      It all comes down to the question: how can chess become a way to bring happiness in our life?
      To me the key point is to consider chess as an art to be mastered, as if it was music or painting.
      In chess, as in the art e.g. of music, you need knowledge,skills, and proper training.
      Let me quote Lasker’s Manual of Chess (Dover edition, page 233)
      “You learn no art by anxiously restricting to it; you have to seek its logical connections and analogies with the rest of things”
      What a stunning statement!
      Lasker said that to understand chess as an art, we have to seek the connections.
      Let’s find a few based on your teaching…
      In life, as in chess, you must be and stay ACTIVE in the broader sense of the term.
      It would be easy to fill few pages with examples of this truth.
      And don’t we need in life a space (even a mental space) from which you have to push away or neutralize the intruders?
      And of course it turns out that in life too , an efficient thinking process is much more valuable than static knowledge, no matter how big.
      So, often, methods that work in chess are also tools to achieve real goals in life!
      And the mistake we do in chess because of wrong methods, we do also in life, for the same reason.
      That is quite a surprising thing to me, even if Lasker told us 100 years ago!
      Thanks!
      Best Regards,
      DD

      1. Thanks for such a well-thought answer! Your ideas are both wise and fascinating, I enjoyed reading it a lot.
        What do you think of writing a full article about this topic? I’ll publish it as one of the future blog-posts, and lots of people will benefit from your ideas.

  3. Hi Igor,
    The subjects you are mentioning here are of extreme importance.
    It all comes down to the question: how can chess become a way to bring happiness in our life?
    To me the key point is to consider chess as an art to be mastered, as if it was music or painting.
    In chess, as in the art e.g. of music, you need knowledge,skills, and proper training.
    Let me quote Lasker’s Manual of Chess (Dover edition, page 233)
    “You learn no art by anxiously restricting to it; you have to seek its logical connections and analogies with the rest of things”
    What a stunning statement!
    Lasker said that to understand chess as an art, we have to seek the connections.
    Let’s find a few based on your teaching…
    In life, as in chess, you must be and stay ACTIVE in the broader sense of the term.
    It would be easy to fill few pages with examples of this truth.
    And don’t we need in life a space (even a mental space) from which you have to push away or neutralize the intruders?
    And of course it turns out that in life too , an efficient thinking process is much more valuable than static knowledge, no matter how big.
    So, often, methods that work in chess are also tools to achieve real goals in life!
    And the mistake we do in chess because of wrong methods, we do also in life, for the same reason.
    That is quite a surprising thing to me, even if Lasker told us 100 years ago!
    Thanks!
    Best Regards,
    DD

  4. Thanks for such a well-thought answer! Your ideas are both wise and fascinating, I enjoyed reading it a lot.
    What do you think of writing a full article about this topic? I’ll publish it as one of the future blog-posts, and lots of people will benefit from your ideas.

  5. yes obviously chess is a wondeful way to increase mental capacity.and it helps in other phases of life .your physlogical advices help in commmon life as well and it helps in study as well .chess is not a game it is a science.we have feel the flow of stratergy in the game of chess in order to play it..without feeling we can’t play chess right.

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