Chess is an exercise of infinite possibilities for the mind, one which develops mental abilities used throughout life: concentration, critical thinking, abstract reasoning, problem solving, pattern recognition, strategic planning, creativity, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation, to name a few. So, chess can be used very effectively as a tool to teach problem solving and abstract reasoning. Learning how to solve a problem is more important than learning the solution to any particular problem. Through chess, we learn how to analyze a situation by focusing on important factors and by eliminating distractions. We learn to devise creative solutions and put a plan into action. Chess, as an exercise, works because it is self-motivating toward these goals. The game has fascinated humans for almost 2000 years, and the goals of attack and defense, culminating in checkmate, inspire us to dig deep into our mental reserves.
The preponderance of psychological evidence indicates that experts are made, not born. Effortful study is the key to achieving success in chess, classical music, sports and many other fields. New research has indicated that motivation is a more important factor than innate ability. This is why we believe so strongly in providing a solid chess curriculum at MC2, which includes critical thinking skills and creative problem solving techniques to support and complement the general curriculum. It is our hope that you will find the MC2 Chess Club a fun and worthwhile endeavor for your student.