There are many steps you can take to strengthen the skills that will help you to understand, have fun with, and excel in math. Starting to play Chess is one of them. And, math is one of the primary subjects that will help you succeed in your IT journey. That important moment will come when you realize you have to take your first precalculus class or your first programming class. That in turn increases your ability to enjoy and succeed as you continue in your smooth and seamless academic pathway towards your future as an IT professional.

You might be surprised that learning and playing Chess will bring out your competitive side, you can meet new people, and you are going to have fun while and when you’re playing!

A Little History…

Chess, an ancient and globally-respected game, can help you develop the skills of logical and critical thinking, pattern-recognition, and memory that you’ll need to shine in the classes you will be taking as you continue your IT educational/career pathway.

Chess has been around a long time. The earliest forms are thought to have originated in India in the 6th Century. The game continued to evolve and travel to different locations. Sometime in the 1400s, it became more or less the way it is today. During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Chess was played mostly by nobility, and was dubbed the “King’s Game.” Eventually Chess entered popular culture, and during the Age of Enlightenment, Chess was known as a way to improve your mind.

Chess is a Workout for your Mind

Studies have shown that chess can actually improve the intellect. And not just in the ways you might think. One study demonstrated that children participating in a chess program saw improved reading scores on a standardized test. Another showed an improvement in both reading and math scores..

New to Chess? No Problem!

If you already play chess, great! Keep playing and challenging yourself to improve. But if you’ve never even seen a chessboard in your life? No need to worry. People can pick up chess at any age. It just takes some patience and motivation to learn!

Here are some places to learn more about Chess:

  • Red Hot Pawn: This site is your one-stop shop to learn the rules of chess, how to play online correspondence chess through a feature-rich, browser interface against your friends or other members. No downloads are required to play online chess, and it is completely free to sign up and play. online! Note: You must be 13 years old to join. Another free online chess community is GeekswithChess. Just look around as there are a lot of free online chess communities waiting for you to join.
  • “Chess for Juniors” (book): This book isn’t just for kids! Author Robert Snyder, who’s both a chess master and a skilled teacher of chess, presents rules and strategies in clear, simple language.
  • Chess club: Join the Chess Club at your Middle or High School. If there isn’t one, considering talking to a teacher to get one started. You’ll be more likely to stick with it if you have friends on your side!

And “No”, Chess is not “Nerdy”

Chess requires skill, deep concentration, and lots of practice. And those are all things to be proud of!