Chess, one of the oldest and most intriguing of games, is a pedagogical tool for students of all ages and abilities. Through chess, students learn thinking skills which are applicable to other disciplines.
The NSCF endorses the statement of Dr. Robert Ferguson that chess provides the necessary 4th "R" in education - reasoning.
Children from all backgrounds can succeed at chess. Even children who are not performing well in school are inspired by chess and show a better attitude towards learning.
For over 25 years, the NSCF has been dedicated to helping kids learn chess. I received chess instruction at the Ridgeway Elementary School in White Plains and started my tournament career in NSCF tournaments.