A junior chess club can be a fun place to learn chess even though chess is classified as a Mind Sport. It is well documented that children who play can become really good at. While the game is not new, it’s becoming quite popular again. Once considered a nerdy, geeky game, chess research shows that learning and playing regularly certainly helps to increase confidence and self worth; both of which are natural results of thinking differently and enjoying what you do.
All children are born with the ability to problem solve, so teaching children chess and encouraging them to play the game seriously is one of the best things that parents, teachers and coaches can suggest. Because chess has many educational benefits it is shedding its nerdy image and becoming quite cool for children and young people to learn and play.
I am really happy being a junior chess teacher and a junior chess club organiser. Running seven junior chess clubs in SW, SE and NW London, I also teach chess in primary and secondary schools. Chess is a complex game to learn, and a variety of learning styles will be taught to enable children with different abilities to grasp the basic rules. One main aim is to engage and stimulate the children so they develop a liking for chess and will want to continue learning and playing the game for a long time.
Chess is not only fun for children of all ages, but there are many benefits from learning to play it. Joining a junior chess plays an important poft in the educational, social and personal development of children and helps to develop their thinking and problem solving skills. It can also enhance reading, memory, language, and mathematical ability. Students will get many opportunities to learn about the basic rules of chess; setting up the board; how the chessmen move and capture; castling, how games are drawn, how to start games and a few checkmate examples. Regular attendance to one of my junior clubs is encouraged and expected, so that chess knowledge, understanding and playing techniques are practiced and accomplished.On the face of it, chess is only a game. Teaching it to children, however, opens up a world of inspiration, self-awareness, discovery & adventure for them. Click To Tweet
Promoting Junior Chess
There is certainly a need to improve the image of junior chess here in London so that many more girls and boys are attracted to chess. There is however, no doubt that many children are already interested in chess and this could be because it appeals to their competitive nature, or because it’s only a game and children like to play games. All my students are advised that when they lose a game they should learn from their mistakes and practice more, to get better. The expectation is that the children will understand the importance of never giving up, junior chess etiquette, good behaviour and sportsmanship.
I make sure that every child I teach, enjoys learning and playing chess. I usually prepare a few children for participation in local junior chess tournaments as these provide natural settings for interacting with children from other areas and gives each child a chance to become involved in a competitive activity that is worthwhile and gives them a sense of pride. Girls and boys will of course make new friends along the way, and develop better social skills that should enhance their educational and social development as they mature into young adults.Giving children a chance to learn chess is positively brilliant. Chess instils the right attitude & their behaviour improves considerably. Click To Tweet
I teach the children the value of winning and losing graciously so they understand the three outcomes to a game. They can win or lose or draw. And as winning and losing are part of this learning change process, they soon learn how to think about the mistakes they made, remember how they happened and to quickly move on to the next game to try again. This develops a positive attitude to always think of ways to do better than they did before.