Chess is a fun, challenging, and confidence building game that teaches students at CSN how to use strategic planning, patience, and focus in order to achieve their goals. These are useful skills that apply both on the chessboard and in real life. In the chess club at CSN, students learn the rules, and the tricks of one of the most popular games in the world! Chess has repeatedly been shown to improve students cognitive abilities, improving their ability to tackle Science, Mathematics, and verbal tasks. Chess has even been shown to help develop a student’s imagination and sense of self as they learn how analyse and conceptualize the game.

We have a vibrant chess club at CSN. On average, we enter six teams for the checkmate competition each year. Our students do themselves proud and they always represent CSN in a positive manner. There is a genuine interest in chess among our chess players at CSN. Chess friendly games also take place at local level during our school year. We meet twice a week at lunch time and it is always a pleasure to be present with my chess players at these gatherings.

As facilitator, I believe that chess is probably the best game there is for developing logical, precise thinking among our students at CSN. Furthermore, it is my opinion that chess encourages patience, sharp memory, the ability to concentrate, problem solving skills, and the understanding that certain behaviours carry certain consequences among our chess players at CSN.

Finally, chess:

  1. Demands both inductive and deductive reasoning from our chess players at CSN
  2. Requires our chess players to look at a problem, break it down, and then put the whole thing back together.
  3. Involves recall, analysis, judgment, and abstract reasoning from our chess players a CSN.
  4. Improves decision-making skills chess players.
  5. Increases our chess players’ self-confidence and improves organisational habits.

 Teacher: T. Kiely



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