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Chess – Ancient Game Inspires New Dreams for Kids Around the World!

Chess may have been invented in the 6th century, but it’s creating new dreams each day for kids around the USA and the world.

How could that be?  Well, it has helped them find something they can focus on and be great at.  And since a game of chess only involves a chess board and one other person, it is something that be practiced by almost anyone at anytime!

Have you ever played chess?  Do you play it regularly?  Well you just might want to start doing so!  There are so many benefits.  Chess can help improve your:

  • Memory
  • Math and reading skills
  • Focus and concentration
  • Thinking
  • Voice (no, it can’t…this is one is joke!)

Maybe you don’t think chess is for you?  Well think again.

Below are three stories about kids from across the world, from Brooklyn, New York (USA) to Uganda (Africa) to Franklin County, Mississippi (USA), who you might not expect to take up chess. All of their communities are quite poor. But they tried out the game, stuck with it and it has changed their lives and their communities! Watch these inspiring stories below and then see how you take your chess game (and maybe your life!) to the next level!

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Topics for Discussion:

  • Why is chess good for you?
  • How has chess changes the lives of certain kids and communities around the world?
  • Are you interested in playing chess?  What is stopping you from playing?

Take Action:

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.
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