Youth Chess Club at the Library – more than a game

Chess BoardChess is the most popular strategy game in history. It has been played around the world for over 1,300 years. Chess originated in India or Persia. The word “chess” comes from the word “shah” which means king in Persian.
Chess is played around the world. Player’s ages range from six-year-olds to adults. Chess is not very complicated. Once a player knows how the pieces move, he or she can begin playing. Chess is mastered over years of play.
There are many benefits to playing chess. Chess play helps children learn to focus. They must pay attention to the board. Chess play helps children visualize sequences of actions before they occur, teaching them to think ahead. Children who play chess have to make decisions. Two chess moves may playable, but one move may be better than the other. Children who play chess also analyze the board and predict their opponent’s moves. These critical thinking skills are built every time your child plays a game of chess.
Chess has social benefits as well. Children of all ages and backgrounds play together at chess club where they make new friends. Participants introduce themselves. At the beginning of a match, they shake hands and wish each other good luck. After a match, they shake again and model good sportsmanship behavior whether they win or lose. Most times in chess, it is not about winning or losing, it is about playing a good game.
Youth Chess Club is offered at all three Santa Clarita Libraries as follows:
Canyon Country – 3rd Thursday of every month 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Old Town Newhall – 2nd Thursday of every month 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Valencia – 1st Thursday of every month 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.


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