Why I teach Chess

Chess is the ultimate educational experience. Within Chess the student finds the system of science, the creativity of art and the competition of sport. Chess has no physical barriers, no cultural barriers and no linguistic barriers. There are almost no age barriers.

Chess is worthy of study in its own right. However, there are some who have yet to be convinced of this. For them, let us point out that Chess carries with it skills which are transferable to other academic areas. Logical thought, vital in many academic areas, is second nature to a trained chess player. A 3-hour GCSE or A level paper will be a breeze to a chess player accustomed to maintaining high levels of concentration for long periods. A chess player who can defy the distraction of a couple of dozen onlookers during a difficult attack with only seconds on the clock knows how to handle pressure. It is no co-incidence that the majority of England's best young chess players gain places at England's best universities.

It is my belief that Chess should be taught and studied very much in the manner of a musical instrument: daily practice, weekly lesson, monthly (or so) performance (tournament).



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