There are many reasons to be excited about the promotion of chess to District children [“Your move, Mr. Grandmaster,” Metro, Oct. 13]. It reminds us that they still make games the way they used to and that those games have benefits too significant to ignore.
More than 30 countries have made chess a required part of the curriculum. In those countries, children more frequently possess stronger abilities to recognize patterns. Chess players learn not just logic and patience but creativity and deliberation. Research has shown that children’s test scores improved significantly when they took chess classes, and other studies indicate that students’ self-esteem rises and their self-image improves.
We should use chess to forge intellectual and intercultural connections with others of diverse backgrounds. Chess has proved its benefits. It’s our move.
Sarah Clapp, College Park
My son, Carter, also attended the low-rent-district basement headquarters of the National Chess Center. It’s a pretty loud and unruly place — until the director commands, “Shake hands and begin.” Your excellent coverage of the center’s wonderful successes of late is much appreciated. It exposes the vibrancy of the youth in our community.
Fred Lane, Burke