The Benefits of Chess

Playing Chess as Educational Enrichment for Kids

“According to research, Test scores improved by 17.3% for students regularly engaged in chess classes, compared with only 4.6% for children participating in other forms of enriched activities,” states 4-time World Champion Susan Polgar in a recent interview.

Research shows that, when played from a young age, chess can be beneficial to a child’s learning and development.  The game requires the use of high-order thinking skills, such as weighing actions and consequences, and helps players practice decision making.  The Susan Polgar Foundation offers a page of information on this topic.

If your child is interested in learning to play chess or is in need of new people to play with, there are opportunities to do so locally!  Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for ongoing events and special opportunities. Help your kids develop their analytical skills and get them involved in a game they can enjoy for life!

Do you know of a local chess club or casual meet-up? Share it below. Want to organize a casual chess club at your local library?  Send us an email and we’ll help you get started or visit the Western Massachusetts Chess Association.

[Photo credit: (ccl) Joe Philipson]


  1. March 5, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Wednesday, Mar 4 2014 from 5:30-7:45pm – CHESS: The Greenfield Public Library Chess Club will host a free chess tournament on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014, from 5:30-7:45pm. Come test your skills against a number of opponents. The champion will win a chess book! Players of all ages are welcome. This tournament is part of the weekly GPL Chess Club, which meets on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:45 in the LeVanway Room at the Greenfield Public Library.


  2. January 8, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Friday, Jan 13th 2012 at 6pm – GAMES: Join the Chess and Scrabble Group at the Huntington Library for a night of games! Learn the strategies behind chess or test your spelling and vocabulary with Scrabble. 413-667-3506. 7 East Main Street. Huntington, MA. (FREE)


  3. January 8, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Winter 2012 on Sundays from 1-3pm – CHESS: An informal Chess Club is beginning at the Lilly Library. Participants are encouraged to supplement existing chess boards by bringing their own too. 413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA (FREE) http://


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