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Children need to apply their brains to the problems of learning and life. Through systematic instruction in chess, children between grades 3-8 can achieve a level of competence in reasoning skills, and transfer these skills to high school and beyond. Playing chess creates a thinking system that, when used faithfully, results in higher academic scores for fluency and originality.
Specifically, children who learn chess improve in the following areas:
Chess rules are easy to learn, but take a lifetime to master, and children who learn to play chess well will have a steady source of self-esteem. The links below document cases of students who dramatically improved their grades and behavior after playing competitive chess:Royal Knights of East Harlem
The table below shows Controlled Chess-Academic Evaluation Studies from 1974 to 1992. Copies are available for viewing at the Boylston Chess Club, or for purchase at the United States Chess Federation.
|Chess and Aptitudes by Dr. Albert Frank (Zaire 1973-74)||92 students
|Primary Mental Abilities (PMA); Differential Aptitude Test (DAT); General Aptitudes Test Battery (GATB); Rorschach Test||After one year of chess study the students showed a marked improvement of their tested verbal and numerical aptitudes.|
|Chess and Cognitive Development by Johan Christiaen (Belgium 1974-76)||40 students
Average Age: 10.6 years
|Piaget tests; DGB Relations subtest||The tested group compared favorably to an untested group.|
|Developing Critical and Creative Thinking Through Chess by Dr. Robert Ferguson (Pennsylvania 1979-1983)||15 students
|Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal; Torrence Tests of Creative Thinking||The tested group outperformed the average student in the country for 4 years in a row.|
|Learning To Think Project by The Ministry for the Development of Intelligence (Venezuela 1984)||1266 students
|Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children||Both male and female children showed IQ improvements after less than a year of systematic chess study.|
|Development of Reasoning and Memory Through Chess by the M.J. Ryan School (Pennsylvania 1987-1988)||14 students
|Test of Cognitive Skills (TCS) - memory subtest; California Achievement Tests - verbal reasoning subtest||The chess instruction had a positive impact in developing both the memory and verbal reasoning skills of the tested students.|
|The Effect of Chess in Reading Scores: District Nine Chess Program Second Year Report by Dr. Stuart Marguiles (New York City 1991)||63 students
|Reading tests (statistically analyzed by the Paired-t and Chi-Square tests)||The students who learned chess significantly improved their reading scores.|
|Etude Comparitive Sur Les Apprentissages En Mathematiques 5e Annee by Louise Gaudreau (New Brunswick 1992)||437 students
|The students were divided into three groups and given a standardized problem-solving test. Group A had received a math course only. Group B had both math and chess (chess beginning in the 5th grade). Group C was identical to Group B except that the chess instruction began in the 1st grade.||The pre-tests and the post-tests showed that Group B improved 12% and that Group C improved 21%.|
The Boylston Chess Foundation was formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The Foundation is an educational community organization formed to educate and instruct children and the Greater Boston Community in the game and appreciation of chess, emphasizing sportsmanship, collaborative learning, individual responsibility, respect for others and the development of and commitment to continuous community involvement and learning.
Volunteer coaches plan and direct seminars and clinics, teaching children and other new members the basics of chess and encouraging the development of collaborative learning skills. Additionally, the Foundation hosts quarterly masters' seminars, at which prominent chessplayers share their knowledge and provide instruction. The Foundation also sponsors level-appropriate matches between members of the Foundation and other entrants, in which members compete in a supportive environment. The volunteer directors and officers provide rules, structure, and organization, giving an organized and adult-supervised forum for children to participate in the Foundation's chess instruction during otherwise unscheduled and unsupervised leisure time. In addition, parents of children participating in the Foundation's programs benefit from knowing that their children are involved in a productive activity, rather than aimless, sedentary, and possibly counterproductive "hanging out."TOP
|President, Director||Charles Riordan||Somerville||None|
|Vice President, Director||Carey Theil||Arlington||None|
|Treasurer, Director||Robert Oresick||Norton||None|
|Clerk, Director||Richard Kinne||Somerville||None|
|BCC Membership Dues||12147||8699||10055||9780||10974|
|Direct Chess Instruction||4565||5050||875||3625||1725|
|Utilities - Electricity||2087||1461||1649||2091||1950|
|Utilities - Phone||540||335||424||671||546|
|Utilities - Water||250||345||376||575||237|
|Utilities - Computers and Web||100||767||649||761||690|
|Affiliation with USCF||40||40||40||80||40|
|Equipment and Supplies||371||686||582||1176||624|
|Printing, Copying and Postage||260||571||179||177||309|
The Boylston Chess Club of the Boylston Chess Foundation is the largest chess club in Boston, and the third oldest chess organization in the United States. Starting in the 1850s the Boston Young Men's Christian Union (YMCU) maintained a small room for chess; John F. Barry, Harry Nelson Pillsbury, C.F. Burille, Franklin K. Young and Walcott frequented it in the 1890s.
The club was formally organized on August 27, 1919 at the YMCU. There were 22 charter members, and Augustus Seaver was elected as the first Club President. In its history, many leading chess figures have been Club President, including Master Emeritus Harry Lyman. In 1945, the club received charter number 51 from the newly formed United States Chess Federation.
In 1989, facing sharply increased rent and deteriorating facilities, the Boylston Chess Club moved to the 8th floor of the YWCA at 140 Clarendon St. in Boston. The club was incorporated as a Massachusetts non-profit corporation in 1995. In December 2003, the YWCA's building renovation plans forced the club to move to a new home in Davis Square, Somerville.
The Boylston Chess Foundation -- the 501(c)(3) organization -- was founded in 2005.The Boylston Chess Club and Foundation is not just a historic club from the 19th century, but also a flourishing chess center in 21st century Boston and one of the most active clubs in the nation. Since 1992, the Boylston has organized more than 1252 rated chess tournaments. In 2008, 390 different players played in 133 tournaments. At the end of 2008 we had 164 members, and throughout 2008 we had 238 different people as members. Members and players at the Club in 2008 included 33 chess masters (including GMs, IMs, and SMs - 20 of whom are members) and 23 experts.