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Chess is a fascinating game, which can be played and enjoyed at all levels. Educational research indicates evidence of a strong positive correlation between chess and student academic performance. Multiple studies have shown that learning chess throughout the school years improves competence in mathematics and other cognitive development. The practical application of the skills learned while playing chess are the same skills necessary for academic excellence and lifelong success. 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. 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 works because it is self-motivating. 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.

Our chess program is an integral part of our student-athlete development model. The program is run by "Captain" Jim Celone and his Educational Technologies' staff.  Capt. Jim and his instructors have been working with our student-athletes since 2009.

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