Chess Therapy for Children

It breaks my heart when parents don’t know that a few simple chess lessons can boost most child’s IQ by 15 points within about 15 weeks of deliberate chess lessons.


That is the point at issue and the latest evidence supports this outcome.


Chess is one of the most powerful educational tools available to strengthen a child’s mind.

Chess has been persuasively linked with improving focus, patience, IQ, concentration, problem-solving, critical, original and creative thinking (Kezia, 2016).


The players risk-taking behaviour, ability to focus and even the state of clarity of thought may be diagnosed, and to some extent modified, through deliberate chess interactions (Fadul & Canlas, 2010).


After only one year of chess study, the majority, not just the better players, those participating in chess tutoring, showed a marked development of their verbal and numerical aptitudes. (Ferguson, 2010).


Data indicated that inter-domain transfer can be achieved if teaching for transfer is an instructional goal and that transfer occurs more readily and to a greater extent among students with above average ability (Thomasina & Adams, 2012)


Chess therapy is a form of psychotherapy. The improvement you will see over a short period of time will astound you. Most participants improve by 15 IQ points in both reading and maths within a year.


Chess games are an open psychometric pathway toward true thoughts, emotions, behaviours and actions.


A  difference of 15 IQ points is significant. It is one “standard deviation”. 












Fadul, J., & Canlas, R. (2010). Chess Therapy. North Carolina:USA. Lulu Press.


Ferguson, R. (2010). Chess in Education.

Kezia, J. (2016). Chess training improves cognition in children


Thomasina, C., & Adams, M. (2012). Incorporating chess into the gifted class. DOI: 10.1177/1076217512455478.