Why play chess?
Chess is one of the oldest games in the world, dating back to the 6th century. It teaches strategic thinking, logic and it has been around for so long, because it is great fun and easy to learn too! Chess is a low cost game that can be played anywhere, anytime. Especially now that there are also online versions of the game.
We also promote chess at The Ridge because it has a number of academic benefits. Growing research shows a positive link between chess and academic attainment, especially in mathematics. Chess teaches essential skills such as problem solving, logical thinking, spatial awareness and concentration, which can be applied throughout the curriculum.
There are also a number of social benefits. Chess brings children together with a game they can all enjoy. It helps build friendships through shared learning experiences and competitions.
When chess is also played at home, it can strengthen bonds with siblings, parents and grandparents.
Chess has a number of benefits which link to our sports curriculum and school values. It teaches children how to win graciously and accept defeat, develop tactics, plan ahead and take responsibility for their actions, which develops sportsmanship and resilience.
Who runs Chess club?
Mrs Hadley (Maths lead) and Mr Lamb (PE lead) run chess club. We both enjoy playing chess ourselves and we are keen to teach others how to play so that you can enjoy this amazing game too, but also because playing chess regularly makes you better at maths and PE!
Where can you find us?
Our club is open to pupils in Year 3 to Year 6. If you are interested in joining, please speak to Mrs Hadley or Mr Lamb.
Chess Club takes place in a KS2 classroom at 1pm. (Check the Chess noticeboard on the KS2 landing for details of our next session).
If you are a beginner, come and learn to play!
If you can already play, learn to play even better! Come along, practise your skills and challenge other players.
Look out for news of The Ridge Chess Tournament this term! Who will be our Grandmaster 2023?
Useful websites to practice at home and learn more:
This is what some of The Ridge Chess Club members have said about chess club…
Do you like playing chess?
‘Yes, I enjoy playing chess, because I like games where I can be more strategic.’
‘Yes, since I have learnt how to play, it’s my second favourite sport.’
‘Yes, I like playing with my friends and challenging myself.’
‘Yes, it’s a fun game that you can play with friends and family.’
Would you recommend learning to play chess to other children?
‘Yes because it helps develop your learning.’
‘Yes because it’s easy to learn and play.’
‘I would recommend it because chess is a game where you learn different strategies to win and it’s lots of fun to play with friends and relatives.’
‘Yes I think other children would find it fun too. It helps your concentration.’
Come along and join in the fun!