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Chess @ Phoenix

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Chess is becoming increasingly popular in schools; nine out of 10 private schools promote it in some way, and state schools are slowly catching up. ‘Chess helps to develop children’s critical thinking and reasoning, encourages them to plan ahead, and teaches them that their actions have consequences,’ says Malcolm Pein, chief executive of Chess in Schools.

Chess has slightly different benefits for boys and girls. ‘Boys tend to be good decision-makers but don’t always think their decisions through first, and chess teaches them to do that,’ explains Mike Basman, founder of the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge. ‘Girls are typically more cautious in making decisions, and chess gives them more confidence in that.’

Research backs up the educational benefits of chess: an American study of 3,000 students showed that playing chess led to higher grades in English and Maths. It also encourages problem-solving, sportsmanship and self-esteem, often allowing quieter children to shine. ‘It’s great for children’s concentration and patience: it’s the antidote to computer games,’ adds Malcolm.

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Friday, 22nd November 2019


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Friday, 29th November 2019


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We always help each other when we are not sure of our next move - 06/12/2019

Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) competition at St George's Hall - 27.06.2019

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We only had about six weeks to learn how to play and practise but we still did well...6th out of 15 teams!laughyes

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If you have any comments/questions to make/ask about Chess Club, please drop me an email!

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