Chess Club

A growing body of research shows that chess improves students' thinking and problem-solving skills as well as their math and reading test scores. Chess also helps students' visual memory, attention span, and spatial-reasoning ability. Players actually begin to develop new neural pathways in the brain which help them to reason more effectively, and even overcome mental disabilities. Because chess requires players to make a series of decisions, each move helps the student learn to plan ahead, evaluate alternatives, and use logic to make sound choices. This is more than a game. It is a catalyst for thinking strategically about life’s many choices. What’s more, students generally love playing chess.

The Newman chess program is supported by Dr. Ebenezer Joseph, one of the best chess players in the world! He is the chess champion of India and has beaten the world champion three times. He has spent much of his adult life training young people to play chess, specifically for the purposes of helping them achieve greater cognitive capacity and greater opportunity. We are thankful to have his regular and intimate involvement with our program such that we may help our students become better, more strategic chess players and thinkers.

Please click here for a video of Ebenezer Joseph giving a chess workshop.

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