As schools remain closed, UK charity Chess in Schools and Communitiespartners with world’s biggest online chess platform for childrenin bid to help parents and ‘make Britain smarter’
Education charity Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) today announced a campaign in conjunction with ChessKid to get a million primary school children playing chess at home.
Parents can get their children started by claiming one of the one million freeChessKid Gold subscriptions – offering unlimited access to the programme’s many games, puzzles, videos and online lessons.
CSC’s objective is toencourage mass participation in the game, providing both a constructive activity and an intellectual challenge to children during lockdown. Membership of ChessKid will also connect children across the UK and around the world in a secure environment.
All children will be automatically enrolled into what CSC hopes will become the world’s biggest online chess club, in which will run nationwide tournaments and puzzle challenges to keep children occupied as theymaster the basics of the world’s oldest game.
The benefits of playing chess have been well documented. Itteaches essential skills such as problem solving, logical thinking and concentration.Chess has no boundaries of age, gender, ethnicity or disability, and can be played anywhere at any time. Playing the game fosters intellectual and emotional skills, crucial to a child’s wider development.
What’s more, Chess is uniquely suited to the internet and can be played on any device. It transcends generations and, whenplayed online, it can connect friends andfamily members of all ages,enabling themto stay in touch during this trying time, in an engaging way.
The new initiativehas already received support from Rachel Reeves,MP for Leeds West,
who commented: “Taken up at an early age, chesscan teach children host of important life skills and build their confidence. Chess taught me how to plan ahead, anticipate my opponents moves and think strategically. Skills I have gone on to use in my political life. The one million child initiative will enable parents and schools to bring the game of chess to children who might otherwise never have had the opportunity to learn the game. ”
Malcolm Pein, CEO of CSC, added: “Our initiative is designed to help parents keep their children engaged constructively in these difficult times in an activity that is also fun. We’d love to enable everychild in every school and household to learn and explore this wonderful game of limitless depth. The charity has seenhow learning chess can give some children who do not excel in other areas the chance to shine and the game’s universality makes it an ideal tool to improve social mobility.”