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Chess 101 (Chess Basics)

History How the Pieces Move Setting Up A Chess Board Basic Strategies Special Rules Setting Up A Club Starting a School Team Chess Pieces and Weights

So, you are new to chess, huh? If it hasn't happened already, at some point in the near future you might feel a lot like this guy.

Chess player Free Photo

Playing chess can be a lot of fun.  Whether you are new to the game or returning after a long hiatus, the links above will help you learn:

  • How to set up the board
  • How the pieces move
  • Basic strategies
  • Special Rules

Once you know how the piece move, the rules of chess are actually fairly simple.  However, don't be fooled.  While you will learn how to play in just a few minutes, it can take a life time to master the game.  That is the great thing about chess - you never outgrow the game.

In addition to having fun, there are many other benefits of playing chess, especially for kids.  

Benefits of Playing Chess

4-time World Champ Susan Polgar said, "According to research, Test scores improved by 17.3% for students regularly engaged in chess classes, compared with only 4.6% for children participating in other forms of enriched activities."

Chess has long been regarded as a game that can have beneficial effects on learning on development, especially when it is played from a young age. below are some of the most critical benefits that chess can provide to a child:

  • Develop analytical, synthetic and decision-making skills, which they can transfer to real life.
  • Learn to engage in deep and thorough chess research which will help them build their confidence in their ability to do academic research.
  • Help children gain insights into the nature of competition which will help them in any competitive endeavor.
  • When youngsters play chess they must call upon higher-order thinking skills, analyze actions and consequences, and visualize future possibilities.
  • In countries where chess is offered widely in schools, students exhibit excellence in the ability to recognize complex patterns and consequently excel in math and science.

(taken from Susan Polgar's website)

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