The Benefits of Chess
A Collection of Studies and Papers
on Chess and Education
Patrick S. McDonald
Youth Coordinator for the Ontario Chess Association
Youth Coordinator for the Chess Federation of Canada
Table of Contents
Chess in Education Research Summary
Dr. Robert Ferguson compiles a series of research papers and summarizes them in one concise paper
Why Offer Chess in Schools?
Chessmaster Jerry Meyers offers his views along with some test results and conclusions from those tests.
Some Thoughts on the Educational Merits of the Game Chess
Phil Shapiro discusses some of the school-sponsored chess projects underway in the US.
Chess Makes Kids Smart
Anne Graham dicusses anecdotes showing many of the benefits of kids learning chess.
Chess Improves Academic Performance
An article derived primarily from: “New York City Schools Chess Program” by Christine Palm - 1990
Teachers Guide: Research and Benefits of Chess
Another summary of many studies by Dr. Robert C. Ferguson Including many resources for more
Scientific Proof: Chess Improves Reading Scores
Beverly Byrne highlights a New York City Study.
Chess Makes Kids Smarter
Dr. Gerard Dullea reviews studies done over the years.
The Case for Chess as a Tool to Develop Our Children’s Minds
Dr. Peter Dauvergne of the University of Sydney surveys educational and psychological studies to examine
the benefits for children of studying and playing chess.
Chess Is Cool for Kids!
Leopold Lacrimosa discusses Chess and the 5 R’s for Kids
Benefits of Chess for Children
Dean J. Ippolito shows how chess has been proven to enhance creativity, problem solving, memory,
concentration, intellectual maturity, self esteem and many other abilities.
The Importance of Chess in the Classroom
Michael David Wojcio shares his enthusiasm for the art, the challenge and the benefits of chess.
The Effect of Chess on Reading Scores: District Nine Chess Program Second