There are known benefits to chess:
'Chess is a universal game, knowing no boundaries of age, gender, faith, ethnicity or disability, that promotes key intellectual skills such as problem solving, logical thinking, pattern recognition and concentration. Playing chess also fosters intellectual character. Its cerebral reputation boosts self-esteem and gives children ‘grit’ – the tenacity to cope with adversity – which helps them grow into rounded and employable individuals. It does this by teaching children how to lose and how to win gracefully, to think ahead and foresee the consequences of their actions.' (CSC website https://www.chessinschools.co.uk/benefits-of-chess)
We have been running Delancey competions at school for a number of years (https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/) as well as having a dynamic Chess Club. St Joseph's has been very successful in regional and national competitions and we are keen to build on this success.
Working with the CSC, we are currently trialling having chess lessons in school with our Year 3 classes.