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ERIC Number: ED237368
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Why Chess in the Schools.
Hall, Ralph L.
The game of chess is recommended as a school activity. In addition to requiring that individuals become actively involved in a mentally demanding competition, its effects are stimulating, wholesome, and healthy. Several benefits accrue from the teaching and promoting of chess in schools. Chess limits the element of luck (teaching the importance of planning), requires that reason be coordinated with instinct (it is an effective decision-teaching activity), is an endless source of satisfaction (the better one plays, the more rewarding it becomes), and it is a highly organized recreational activity with clubs (leagues, team play) and elaborate systems of local, national, and international governance. In addition, chess is an international language such that players will find a friendly reception in any of the thousands of chess clubs throughout the world. A brief description of the game, comments on its appeal, and techniques to support chess in schools are provided. Techniques suggested include providing opportunities to learn and practice chess in clubs, intramural competition, credit/non-credit classes, and in teams which represent the school in inter-school competition. (JN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A