Schools, and the educators who work there, do a lot to help children succeed. Not only do they teach them reading, writing, and arithmetic, they also provide opportunities to engage in athletics, music, and other extracurricular activities. Some of our first experiences with chess came through school clubs, and we want to provide that same opportunity to local students.
Like most sports, chess provides students with opportunities to travel and compete with their peers. They will be able to test their skills and receive awards for their accomplishments by participating in tournaments. There are state scholastic championships for both individuals and teams, and students can represent their schools by playing in national scholastic competitions. Players can also track their personal growth by obtaining a rating from the US Chess Federation.
Unlike other sports, chess is playable by everyone. Chess is a universal language that everyone can learn. The only requirement to play is a willingness to learn the rules. Equipment is inexpensive, and easy to purchase. Most of all you can start at any age, and still reap the benefits.
There are many benefits to playing chess. It helps train skills in problem solving, planning, and risk assessment. Playing builds focus, stamina, and discipline. Chess is also a social sport that fosters an exchange of ideas and information, teaches good sportsmanship, and transcends social barriers.