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Chess club improves critical thinking skills, exceeds expectations

Members of the Copperas Cove Junior High School after-school chess club play a game in the school library. The school plans to start hosting tournaments due to the extensive number of students interested in the strategic game. Courtesy of CCISD

Junior high school chess club improves critical thinking skills, exceeds expectations

  • By Ariel Draper | Special to the Herald

The king may be the most important, but the queen is the most powerful.

There are six different pieces that all move differently, moving into positions where they can capture the opponent’s pieces, defend their own pieces from being captured and control important squares in the game. When the opponent’s king is attacked and cannot avoid being captured, checkmate has occurred, and the game is over.

The game of chess teaches many important life skills such as patience, strategy, logic and concentration.

According to the Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation, chess can also help students by improving spatial abilities, high-order thinking skills, visual memory, attention span, prediction, critical thinking, and problem solving.

Junior high school chess club improves critical thinking skills, exceeds expectations
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