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Chess Club is a scholastic chess school that was formed nearly two decades ago as a small group of casually-competitive chess members of the Chess Club on the SJSU campus. Shortly after being formed we began to teach on campus, then kids in nearby school's, then on to organizing chess teams and competing in local tournaments and teaching in centers, libraries and institutions.
Academic Benefits. We have brought chess to the schools because we believe it directly contributes to academic performance. Chess makes kids smarter. It does so by teaching the following skills: Focusing - Children are taught the benefits of observing carefully and concentrating. If they don't watch what is happening, they can't respond to it, no matter how smart they are. Visualizing - Children are prompted to imagine a sequence of actions before it happens. We actually strengthen the ability to visualize by training them to shift the pieces in their mind, first one, then several moves ahead. Thinking Ahead - Children are taught to think first, then act. We teach them to ask themselves "If I do this, what might happen then, and how can I respond?" Over time, chess helps develop patience and thoughtfulness.