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What Parents And Students Say About Chess

What Do Parents Say

Andrew Rozsa, psychologist, speaking of his gifted son: "He has had real social and behavioral difficulties since he was 18 months old... He was thrown out of several schools... Things became pretty bad at about age 9 ... Nothing seemed to work, nothing. ... Today he is a straight A student and his behavior problems are minimal (but not trivial). ... Sorry, no control subjects, no double blind, no defined independent variables (actually there are two: chess and age).

Nonetheless, I think that the great improvements we have seen are, to a large extent, due to chess.'' [36], [38]

"Chess is one of the most meaningful things I've ever seen enter this school system.'' Dee Estelle Alpert

"I want to see chess introduced into the curriculum, right alongside math, music, and art.'' Oscar Shapiro [27]

What Do Students Say

"Chess has significantly increased my logical and mathematical skills. In fact, because of the effect of chess, I am going to major in mathematics and computer science in college, both of which utilize the aforementioned skills.'' Matthew Puckett [45]

The skills chess offers to those who play it are gold mines. It teaches the faithful players how to approach life. It teaches people that are having dilemmas that here is more than one answer to a problem. While your adversary is looking at the issue through a single point, you as the great chess player that you are, can take a step back and look at the picture through many points.'' Sultan Yusufzai [45]

Because of chess, I feel that my life has been enriched both mentally and socially. I have improved my critical thinking skills in everyday life through chess.'' Brandon Ashe [45]


  1. Chess Improves Academic Performance, Christine Palm, 1990.
  2. Andrew J. Rozsa, Birmingham, Alabama, Newsgroup e-mail.
  3. "Check Mates,'' Fairfield County Advocate, Mar. 20, 1989.
  4. Scholar-Chessplayer Outstanding Achievement Award Applications.

Material excerpted or adapted from the Illowa Chess Club: TEACHER'S GUIDE: RESEARCH AND BENEFITS OF CHESS by Dr. Robert C. Ferguson