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Educational benefits of chess instruction: A critical review

Gobet, F. and Campitelli, G. (2006) Educational benefits of chess instruction: A critical review. In: Redman, T., (ed.) Chess and Education: Selected essays from the Koltanowski conference. University of Texas. Chess Program, pp. 124-143.



“Chess playing makes kids smarter.” “Chess increases mathematical abilities.” “Chess improves academic performance.” Numerous similar claims have been made about the efficacy of using chess to foster education (see, for example, several papers on the USCF site for education). Indeed, schools in various countries (e.g., USA, France, Argentina) offer chess as an optional subject, and some even propose compulsory classes. There is clearly a strong interest worldwide in the potential advantages of chess in education, and the conference from which this book stems is just another example of this interest.

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Publisher: University of Texas. Chess Program
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