What are the benefits of chess for a child?
There are a lot of studies and theories outlining the benefits of chess on a child's development. It trains your pattern recognition and memory, provides focus and offers a creative challenge. For our club, however, it's mostly about the fun children have when they play against each other. The best part is how chess is a communication in itself and has the ability to allow people of different language, gender, origin or age to interact with each other in a unique way.
At our club, fun will always be the main focus. Children learn and develop while playing. That is the optimal way for children to develop their brains. But we believe that chess is much more. You learn tactical thinking, you learn to plan, you learn not to just follow your impulse, you learn to postpone something, you learn to take responsibility; in addition, chess is a tremendous memory training. We develop this with game materials. In the first levels we follow the step method as developed in the Netherlands. However, soon we try to supplement this with individual guidance if children with a great hunger for chess want it. We quickly notice which aspects deserve extra support. Our teachers have years of experience in guiding children from low to high level. The very highest group regularly gets the opportunity to learn from real grandmasters such as Grandmaster Mher Hohvanisian, five-time Belgian champion. Our club regularly scores medals in the youth series of the Belgian championships and we can count three youth champions among our members.