Chess can be used very effectively as a tool to teach problem solving and abstract reasoning. Learning how to solve a problem is more important than learning the solution to any particular problem. Through chess, we learn how to analyze a situation by focusing on important factors and by eliminating distractions. We learn to devise creative solutions and put a plan into action.
Chess works because it is self-motivating. The game has fascinated humans for almost 2000 years, and the goals of attack and defense, culminating in checkmate, inspire us to dig deep into our mental reserves.
Chess is an exercise of infinite possibilities for the mind, one which develops mental abilities used throughout life:
- critical thinking
- abstract reasoning
- problem solving
- strategic planning to name a few.
Happy Kids chess program has been specially prepared by Judit Polgár and has been actively in use at Happy Kids since September, 2010! For further details please visit Judit Polgár’s website and www.sakkovi.hu
If you wish to learn chess at home as well, you can download Judit Polgár’s new animated chess teaching application for iPhone and iPad!
Judit Polgár - Just like these lovely children in Happy Kids’ classroom I was around 5 years old when I started to learn about the pieces on the chessboard.
Only a few years later, I gained international recognition when I was 9. At the age of 12 and 14 I was able to win the boys’ ! World Youth Chess Championship. I was still only 12 when our teenage team, including my two amazing sisters Susan and Sofia, together with Ildikó Mádl, made history at the Olympics. We won the first ever Olympic gold medal for Hungary in women’s chess. With this triumph the very, very long domination of the Soviet women in the chess Olympiads was broken in 1988. We were able to repeat this achievement in 1990.
Ever since that second Olympic gold medal, I have competed only against men. In 1991, I became Chess Grandmaster, breaking Bobby Fischer’s record as youngest grandmaster in history at the time. I represented the Hungarian men’s chess team on six Olympiads so far. We won a silver medal in 2002. During my career I have already defeated world chess champions Spassky, Karpov, Kasparov, Topalov and Anand in international tournaments, matches and rapid events.
On the world’s rating list, I am the No. 1 woman chess player for more than 20 years straight, since 1989. Among men, my top ranking was Nr. 8 in the world, in 2005. I was awarded the Chess Oscar seven times and was elected the best Woman Chess Player of the 20th Century.
In 2000, I got married to Gusztáv Font, a wonderful man and veterinarian by profession. Today, we have two children, Olivér and Hanna, they both have joined Happy Kids in 2009.
Beside the competitive chess carrier, my big ambition is to introduce chess to as many kids as possible. Countless studies have shown that chess can help develop critical thinking that can be used in other areas of a child’s life, academics and social situations. For this reason, so far I have written two instructional and playful chess teaching-books, together with my lovely sister, Sofia: Chess Playground 1 and Chess Playground 2.
Aquaprofit-Polgár Chess Day
Happy Kids sponsored the 5th and 6th Aquaprofit Polgár Chess Day in November 2011-2012! Please watch the videos below: