Chess in the Classroom from The Chess Detective®

Chess Training

Welcome to the chess education site of National Master Todd Bardwick, The Chess Detective®.

Benefits of Chess

  • Teaches decision-making, logical thinking, and problem-solving
  • Overlaps about half of the elementary school math curriculum
  • Improves cognitive skills (including concentration, pattern recognition, algebraic and geometric thinking, spatial reasoning, and critical-thinking)
  • Improves self-confidence and self-worth
  • Increases attention span
  • Increases memory capacity
  • Encourages understanding of choice and consequences for problem-solving...helps students realize that they are responsible for their actions and must accept the consequences of those actions
  • Offers a logical pattern and critical-thinking system
  • Provides competition, fostering interest and promoting mental alertness
  • Offers a variety of quality analytical problems from which to choose
  • Teaches good sportsmanship
  • Improves communications through written and oral presentation skills