Scholastic Chess and Kids

“Scholastic Chess – An Argument for Helping to Develop Young Minds"

Chess is the oldest skill game in the world. The present form of the game originated in Europe in the 15th century. One reason the game has survived and thrived for hundreds of thousands of years is due to the peripheral lessons that can be learned by an individual. We can learn sportsmanship, humility, introspective judgment, logic, emotional control, planning, juggling complexity, teamwork, patience, and much more. Because of these invaluable life lessons the game of Chess should be taught to children at the scholastic level.
At the history of chess is said to have historical roots dating back thousands of years with most historians placing the game of chess as we know it today to 6th century India. Common consensus is that chess was modernized between the 6th and 15th century being brought to Europe at that time. The modern day game is played on a board consisting of 64 squares, 8 rows by 8 rows of alternating black and white squares. Two players start on either side of the board with opposite color pieces. The pieces that make up the game are the one King, one Queen, two Bishops, two Knights, two Rooks, and eight Pawns. Each piece has its own characteristics and movements. The object of the game is to trap the opponent’s King through the strategic planning and coordination of your “army.”
There are a lot of intricate rules and nuances that govern the game. Time limits to play the game vary and oftentimes are seldom less than thirty minutes per side. In tournament situations games can last as long as six hours and sometimes more. There are hundreds of thousands of books dedicated to various strategies surrounding the game. Opening theory, middle-game theory, and end-game theory are the basic sectional categories of chess. Also, positional play and understanding of the game is critical. There are books and internet lessons devoted to tactical positions. Some people have made...