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Source:  The Atlantic

The benefits of teaching chess to children are numerous.  Studies suggest that the cognitive-boosting board game, which has endured around the world for more than 15 centuries, improves a child’s visual memory, attention span, spatial-reasoning ability, critical thinking, mental discipline, creativity, math skills, and logical reasoning.

In Jenny Schweitzer Bell’s mini documentary “The Magic of Chess,” a cadre of pint-size chess champions reveals how the game has enriched their lives.

The film was shot on location at the 2019 Elementary Chess Championships, a high-stakes tournament held annually in Nashville, Tennessee.

The children interviewed in the film are articulate and wise beyond their years.  “When I asked the kids questions like, ‘What has chess taught you?,’ I was surprised, given their limited life experience, that they could formulate a response beyond the obvious mechanics of the game,” Schweitzer Bell told The Atlantic.

Watch “The Magic of Chess” above and read the story at The Atlantic.


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