Chess is a beautiful game that offers so much value to you or your children. Chess Made Fun recommends the game for many reasons. Here are just four life lessons chess will teach your child.
Planning ahead –
Chess teaches your child how to visualize a problem, learn how to overcome it, and set goals to achieve a solution. One constant in life is dealing with uncertainty and change. Planning ahead skills will help your child become more resilient to these changes.
Problem Solving –
Whether your child is playing a game or solving puzzles chess is filled with problems to be solved. Not only do chess camps teach children how to overcome these problems and look for solutions they also help your child identify that a problem needs to be solved.
There are two main types of sacrifices in chess, positional and material. Chess teaches you the values of the pieces and advantages of the board to help determine what sacrifices should be made. Just like in life sometimes you have to sacrifice certain advantages to end up closer to your goals or objective.
Good Sportsmanship –
One of the first lessons your child will learn is to shake hands with their opponent before and after a game. This handshake occurs after each win and more importantly each loss. Your child will often learn more from their losses than their wins. This helps children value sportsmanship no matter if they win or lose.
What life lessons has chess taught to your children?