The Hardy Center Chess Club teaches our kids the age-old game of chess, which for years has been used to develop critical thinking skills amongst its players. We’re dedicated to teaching children life skills through chess by presenting strategies used within the game as analogies to real-life situations.
Engaging young people in thinking through their problems is often a difficult task and is a major hurdle for any children’s ministry. Chess presents an interesting and potentially worthwhile system for subtly helping young people consider their options while still having fun.
For example, dealing with the problems encountered during a chess game can, in fact, be of help to kids when dealing with peer pressure. Kids learn how present choices have both immediate and long-term consequences. With consideration of these facts, kids learn that they must think before they act to avoid unobvious pitfalls. We point out how the chess game requires similar strategies needed to solve the same types of problems they will no doubt face in their present, everyday life.
A major problem with young people is how to get them to take a step back, distancing themselves from the problem at hand. This vital step, when taken, allows them a chance to use their intelligence to both analyze problem situations and discover more positive options to solve those problems. The Hardy Center Chess Club therefore provides a positive model for young people to help them solve many of the everyday problems they face.