Chess Frequently Asked Questions
(including myths and misconceptions)
|Q1.||Don't you have to be really smart to learn how to play chess?|
No, not really. In fact, "Chess makes kids smarter" (Gerald J. Dullea, Ph.D.).
There are dozens of studies to back this up. You don't have to take an IQ
test or be in a gifted program to come and learn chess. All you need is to
be a good sport and be willing to try something new.
Many basic chess principles are based on recognizing patterns and figuring out how your pieces work together. So if you enjoy puzzles and problem-solving, chess is something you should try. If you'd like to get better at puzzles and problem-solving, definitely give chess a try!
|Q2.||I have / my child has a learning disability, so chess isn't a good idea, right?|
|A2.||Not so fast. I have found that kids who are considered "learning disabled" or diagnosed with ADHD greatly benefit from learning and playing chess. It is a fun way to improve concentration skills.|
|Q3.||I play a lot, but I almost never win. Should I keep trying?|
Absolutely. There's so much more to chess than just
winning a game. As with any sport, you may not do well the first time you
try, but if you keep practicing and learning from your games, then you
will improve. Look at chess as a challenge to yourself to play better each
time - your goal shouldn't be to win, but to play the best game you can.
Chess lessons can help you play better because you will learn to analyze the moves you make and learn from any mistakes. You will also learn techniques that will improve your tactics.
|Q4.||How can I find other chess players?|
The best place
to start would be to find out if there is a chess club in your area. You
can check local newspapers or online search engines. Also, check at your
local Public Library branch.
If you are a student and there isn't a chess club at your school, then why not start one? I can help!
You can also check out the US Chess Federation web site to learn about upcoming chess tournaments in the area.
|Q5.||Isn't chess just for nerds?|
|A5.||No. If you need further proof, click here.|
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