Children who learn chess don't hesitate to 'take risks to win'

Chess has been considered a game for people with good logical thinking, but it requires not only thinking logically, but also taking risks as needed. Research teams at Monash University and Deakin University report that 'children can reduce their aversion to taking risks by learning chess.'

The Effects of Chess Instruction on Academic and Non-cognitive Outcomes: Field Experimental Evidence from a Developing Country --ScienceDirect

Teaching children to play chess makes them more confident taking calculated risks

There are usually risks associated with quitting a job, trying something you want to do, confessing to someone you like knowing that you may be rejected, or being valuable in your life. However, taking a risk is not always the correct answer, and you need the ability to evaluate the risk against the outcome and decide whether or not to take the risk.

Chess is often required to have the ability to assess this risk, as it requires the player to sacrifice his or her piece to develop a more favorable strategy. Therefore, a team of researchers conducted an experiment to evaluate the cognitive ability of 400 children aged 15 to 16 in the United Kingdom who had never played chess while teaching chess.

As a result, it was found that children were less likely to avoid risk. He also improved his math grades and improved his logical and rational thinking skills. In addition, the skills learned in chess seem to last for a long time, and even one year after the end of the study, most children's risk assessment ability was maintained.

The research team says that the game of chess can be a good way for children to be confident in taking risky actions, as they can take risks and approach victory.

On the other hand, children also learned to avoid taking risks unplanned, and understood that taking risks without meaning would rarely lead to favorable results. It is very common in chess to evaluate the consequences of risk, so the more you play chess, the more refined your risk-judgment skills are.

In addition, the research team reported that the phenomenon that 'learning chess improves intelligence' could not be confirmed, and there was no evidence of other changes in cognitive ability such as improvement of grades other than mathematics and improvement of creativity. I will.

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