All children can gain both social and academic benefits from playing pure skill strategy games. Many people consider chess to be the world’s greatest strategy game, and, more than that, an art form with cultural significance.
Most children can learn how the different pieces move by about 6 or 7, sometimes younger, but, to play chess well, you require the ability to handle multidimensional abstract logic as well as exceptional self-regulatory skills.
Some very bright young children can, with proactive parental support, excel at chess at an early age.
Most children, though, will gain more benefit – and learn more about chess – through MINICHESS. What’s more, minichess doesn’t have to be done on the curriculum, doesn’t require specialist teachers from outside the school, and doesn’t even need expensive equipment.