7 Reasons All Black Kids Should Be Taught To Play Chess


By Yolanda Spivey

One of my son’s Christmas gift request this past holiday was for me to get him a chess board.  I thought it was quite odd that a child of only seven years of age would be interested in playing chess.  I was under the impression he would be more interested in a new Nintendo Wii game, but he wanted a chess board.

On Christmas morning when he opened up his gift and saw the beautiful glass chess set I had brought for him, he almost passed out.  He exclaimed, “This is the best gift ever mommy,” and gave me a big hug.

A little later during the day, him and I sat down and embarked on a couple of games.  I learned how to play chess when I was 10 years old, and here it was, my son knew how to play chess without me even teaching him.  He was actually taught in school and he was quite good at it—knowing  the position and names of each chess piece and the order of how they were to move on the board.  I was impressed!

On the website UrbanIntellectuals.com, they give 7 good reasons why every Black child should learn how to play and master the game of chess—and I have to agree with them.  They are:

  1. Differentiation– There aren’t that many Black children who know how to play the game of chess.  So if your child learns how to play they would definitely stand out from the crowd and be set apart from their peers.
  2. Beneficial Hobby– While children often get their daily dose of garbage activities, playing chess has been proven to strengthen a child’s reading and math skills. So, have kids put down those video game controllers and pull out the chess board.
  3. Increased Focus– Studies have shown that children who play chess have an increased attention span.  They can sit still for long periods of time without losing focus or being disruptive.
  4. Builds Patience– You’ll be shocked that your child’s patience tolerance will increase due to playing chess. Many parents pray that their children acquire this skill and chess is a good way for children to learn the art of patience.
  5. Multiplies Learning Capacity– Studies show that chess is responsible for growing dendrites in the brain which increases brain power, potential and capacity.
  6. Strategy, Planning and Foresight– Your child will become an expert at strategy, forming a plan, and having great foresight.  It will benefit him/her in the long run when they have to plan things out.
  7. Critical Thinking– Today’s educational system is not set up to allow a child to think critically. Chess is a game that forces a child to think and to analyze on a critical level. They are getting the best exercise for their brain!



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2 Responses

  1. Jennifer Thompson says:

    All the benefits are extremely appealing as I have grandchildren who I feel would definitely benefit.
    I have never learn the art of chess myself and it would be of double benefit for me to learn alongside them.
    Do you know of any up and running chess clubs in the West Midlands?

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