America's Foundation for Chess
Teacher's Guide: Research and Benefits of Chess
Additional links and information regarding Scholastic or Youth Chess will be posted here and the Springfield Park Board Chess Club invites players of all ages to attend our Friday night meetings. Chess is a game for all ages and our Club is open to anyone who wishes to learn and play chess. The following is taken from an interview with Yasser Seirawan.
Many beginning players get depressed when they are outgunned. How did you deal with early losses as you learned your stuff?
I never learned to deal with my losses. I hated to lose! At one point, I was certainly convinced that chess was not for me. This probably happened after 80 consecutive losses and I’m not exaggerating. I was really awful. At the time, as a 12 year old, it was just nice to be involved in an “adult” activity. I was getting a lot of attention from folks who were much older than me and I had an excuse to be in their presence.
Additionally, from the same interview:
Does chess have a future and, if so, what visionary insight can you share?
Chess has a great future. It is a marvelous tool of the mind that transfers skills such as reasoning, planning, strategic thinking, responsibility and discipline to everyday life. Chess players are more aware of when their brains are working and whether they are having productive mental storms or not. Chess players understand the need to invest their time to improve their game and when they don’t put in the required work their results will suffer. This is true for all things, whether building a house or a business. Planning is key. Things don’t just happen. An idea is conceived, nurtured and brought into being. Theory and practice go hand in glove. As teachers become more aware of how chess can positively impact the lives of children, chess will become an elective class for schools.
See full interview here:
Yasser Seirawan full interview