Sandton City Chess Project has been set up to meet the demands and aspirations of chess enthusiasts, players, residents in the North of Johannesburg and its surroundings. The club conveniently contacts sessions through the provision of a platform on Saturdays at Sandton City Library within the Nelson Mandela square. It offers an opportunity for young chess players to get together to pursue their common interest and to be involved in a meaningful and enriching sport. There will also be opportunities for chess enthusiasts to challenge one another so as to develop and hone their chess skills. We have a desire mainly to promote children chess with special attention to girls Chess.
Alfred Machingambi, a parent, qualified experienced Mathematics/ Sciences educator(University of Johannesburg and UZ), chess teacher, tutor, chess organisers commission member of South Africa. Once featured in articles based on Chess courtesy of Bordeaux , he is the co-ordinator and the founder of the Sandton City Chess Project.
Dating back more than 1,100 years, chess continues to challenge and intrigue players and now the benefits of this strategic game are being explored in education - and with great benefits according to the chess experts who are instrumental in introducing chess into the classroom.' I believe Chess is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the way of thinking. I believe in the four stages of cognitive development based on the Swiss developmental psychologist J. Piaget's ideology. Furthermore, chess contributes to the harnessing of the 21st century skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and so forth.
Through over the years chess has been regarded as a game that can have so many benefits on learning and development, especially when it is played from a young age. But, children should not be forced. Below are some of the most pivotal benefits that chess can provide to a child:
o Develop analytical, synthetic and decision-making skills, which they can transfer to real life situations.
o Learn to engage in deep and thorough chess research which will help them build their confidence in their ability to do academic research.
o Help children gain insights into the nature of competition which will help them in any competitive spree.
o When youngsters play chess they must call upon higher-order thinking skills, analyse actions and consequences, and visualise the near future options.
o In countries where chess is offered widely in schools, students exhibit excellence in the ability to recognise complex patterns and as a result excel in math and science.
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