Gifted & Talented News -Middle/High

Fall 2016: Using Chess as an Educational Tool

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Chess as an Educational Tool in Classrooms and Schools

Chess educators have argued that chess is beneficial not just for the intellectually gifted, but also for learning disabled and hyperactive children. Among chess educators and parents, countless case studies attest to the educational benefits of chess for such students.

How Does Chess Benefit Students?

The game of chess helps young people learn to concentrate, think logically, overcome obstacles, spot patterns and categorize information. It helps with the development of problem-solving skills, planning, patience, focus of thought and self-discipline. You will find frequently asked questions regarding how to get chess started in your school.

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Chess Resources

The U.S. Chess Trust

You can find free resources as well as receive up to five free tournament chess sets.

Free Chess Sets

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Interactive Chess

Additional Free Interactive Sites

District Chess Tournament for Grades 6-8

Thursday, Feb. 16th 2017 at 8:30am

Linmoor Educational Center, 2001 Hamilton Avenue, Columbus, OH, United States

For more information regarding the tournament please go to the link below to view the document that was sent to building principals. Contact Michele Ballinger, Middle School Gifted Resource Specialist for more information regarding the tournament at

The Columbus Area High School Chess League

Thursday, Jan. 12th 2017 at 3:30pm

1990 Jefferson Avenue

Columbus, OH

Coaches meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2017 at 3:30 P.M. at the Linmoor Annex. Information will be sent to building principals and coaches. If your school is interested in participating, please contact Linda Key or Kirsten Smith, High School Gifted Resource Specialists, at