Why Is Chess Good for Kids?

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

As teachers and parents, we might sometimes need justification for getting students involved in playing games. This lesson offers some explanations of why chess can be really good for children.

Playing Chess With Kids

Whether you are a chess fan yourself, your own child is interested in the game, or your class has expressed a desire to play chess more frequently, you are in luck. Chess is a game that has so much to offer students in terms of intellectual and creative development. This is a game that has existed in some form since at least the sixth century, and versions of it are played in so many different cultures around the world.

If you are trying to justify spending children's time playing chess, it can help to have a strong list of reasons about how the game can benefit them. The list in this lesson offers specific ways that chess can be good for kids.

Intellectual Benefits

This section focuses on the various ways chess can help students' developing intellect and cognition.


To be a strong chess player, you really need to have a good memory. To begin with, you have to remember what each of the pieces is called and how it moves across the board. As you grow more advanced, you also need to remember other people's strategies and former moves. Chess can help enhance and exercise students' memories.

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