That chess cannot only be considered a sport, but also enhances intellectual capacity has been accepted as a reasonable thesis among experts for a long time. A recent long- term study confirmed that chess serves as practice to increase a student’s concentration.
University of Trier performed long- time study at elementary school
There have been many similar studies to proof the benefits of playing chess before, but now a study at the University of Trier in Germany uncovered a few highly interesting facts. In collaboration with an elementary school in the city of Mosel, the impact on elementary students was observed. Over one year, four school classes played one hour of chess a week. During that time three test were taken annually to analyze the students’ behavior, achievements, and intelligence. Results show, that continuously playing chess enhances the attentiveness, concentration, and perceptiveness of a child.
Detailed overview of results
According to the study’s outcome, do children with learning difficulties benefit from chess to a much higher extent than those, who learn quickly. Also, is there a possibility of an exorbitant increase in concentration capacity and perception. A conclusion was drawn with measurements in comparison to corresponding data of elementary schools in the immediate surrounding. Moreover, playing chess regularly develops new thought patterns in terms of spatial, logical, and systematical thinking.
Playing chess supports student development
The study of the University of Trier revealed the obvious: continuously playing chess is a pushing factor for students in their development phase. Therefore, the implementation of chess as a school subject is by all means reasonable. Only one hour per week could lead to efficacious results. The study demonstrates that chess is more than just a game, which has already been realized by many schools. The school subject is offered in Russia, Spain, and Bulgaria, but also in Germany. At least one school in Hamburg has replaced one hour of math with chess every week.
Written by Michael , translated by Birthe