Chess in all schools in Tamil Nadu

Chess now part of school syllabus
By Express News Service - CHENNAI
Published: 12th October 2013 11:25 AM
Last Updated: 12th October 2013 11:25 AM

Kings and queens will not be confined to history classes for children in Tamil Nadu, courtesy the Tamil Nadu State Chess Association’s initiative to make it a constituent of the school syllabus.

Every school will constitute a chess club with a coordinator, usually the physical education teacher. The headmaster will be the chairman and the membership is exclusive for students between seven and 17. In two years, the TNSCA expects to have at least 32,000 such clubs in the State. The state government has set apart `50 lakh every year for the scheme.

The TNSCA secretary K Muralimohan thought it would not only give the game a fillip a the State, which in any case paints a rosy picture, but also sharpen the analytical and logical skills of the students. “The game would sharpen their brains and it would have a positive impact on the academics. The response from the schools has been overwhelming. Moreover, it will help India become a chess superpower,” he said.

According to experts, chess increases concentration, memory power, decision-taking abilities, reasoning power, critical thinking and helps develop a state of mind wherein victory and defeat are accepted with equal spirit.



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