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Chess is a game for people of all ages. You can learn to play at any age, and in chess, unlike in many other sports, you never have to give it up. Age is not a factor, young and old can play together. Girls and boys can compete against one another in a socially acceptable manner.

¨ Chess develops imagination and creativity. It encourages you to be inventive.
¨ Chess develops memory and it keeps the mind sharp.
¨ Chess improves concentration.
¨ Chess develops logical thinking by searching for the best and most efficient way to accomplish your goal.
¨ Chess teaches independence. You are forced to make important decisions influenced only by your own judgment and to accept the consequences of your of actions.
¨ Chess is a test of patience, nerves, willpower and concentration. It enhances your ability to interact with other people. It tests your sportsmanship in a competitive environment.
¨ Chess shows that hard work and effort leads to success. The more you study and practice, the better you’ll become.

The New York City Schools Chess Program included more than 30,000 inner-city children in more than 100 public schools between 1986 and 1990. Based on academic and anecdotal records, the program has proven:

· Chess dramatically improves a child’s ability to think rationally.
· Chess increases cognitive skills.
· Chess improves children’s communication skills and aptitude in recognizing patterns.
· Chess results in higher grades especially in English and Math studies.
· Chess builds a sense of team spirit while emphasizing the ability of the individual.
· Chess teaches the value of hard work, concentration and commitment.
· Chess instills in young players a sense of self-confidence and self-worth.
· Chess makes a child realize that he or she is responsible for his or her own actions and must accept their consequences.
· Chess teaches children to try their best to win, while accepting defeat with grace.
· Chess provides an intellectual, competitive forum through which children can assert hostility, i.e. “let off steam,” in an acceptable way.
· Chess can become a child’s most eagerly awaited school activity, dramatically improving attendance.
· Chess allows girls to compete with boys on a non-threatening, socially acceptable plane.
· Chess helps children make friends more easily because it provides an easy, safe forum for gathering and discussion.
· Chess allows students and teachers to view each other in a more sympathetic way.
· Chess, through competition, gives kids a palpable sign of their accomplishments.

Polgar Chess Center
103-10 Queens Blvd.
Forest Hills, NY 11375

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