Chess clinic offered for youths
Date Published Sep. 20, 2007

For Roger Sukoluk, chess has been a lifelong passion that he hopes to instill in others in the community, particularly youths.

Taught to play at a young age by his older brother, the chess enthusiast took an instant liking to the game. Now, 30 years later, he wants to teach others the in and outs of pawns, rooks, knights and bishops.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Sukoluk said of teaching chess. ”I’ve done a lot of research and found that playing chess is really beneficial for kids. The studies have shown if you play chess you’ll do better in school.”

In fact, in approximately 30 nations across the globe, including Brazil, China, Venezuela, Italy, Israel, Russia and Greece, chess is incorporated into the country’s scholastic curriculum.

According to four-time World Chess Champion Susan Polgar’s website, starting to play chess at a young age has a number of benefits, including: developing analytical, synthetic and decision-making skills; gaining insights into the nature of competition; learning to tap into higher-order thinking skills, analyzing actions and consequences, and visualizing future possibilities; and excelling in math and science.

Source: Nothern Life

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