The Miami Springs Library (part of the Miami-Dade public library system) recently added a weekly Wednesday Chess Club event. Kids who love to play chess get to play with other like minded tweens and teens who also love chess. It’s a great way for kids to meet new friends, play a fun and challenging game, and gain skills to help improve their chess game.
There were plenty of kids who are just getting started with the game of chess. And that’s okay. This is a welcoming group that get the kids off their tech and focused on a single task: Playing Chess!
We had the pleasure of meeting chess expert, Jorge Luis Molina, who was on hand to encourage the kids. He was also gracious enough to join in and play against some of the kids.
Benefits of Playing Chess for Kids
- Develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills: Chess requires players to analyze situations, anticipate moves, and plan strategies, which enhances critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
- Improves memory and concentration: Playing chess involves memorizing the positions of different pieces and predicting opponents’ moves, which enhances memory and concentration.
- Enhances creativity: Chess requires players to think creatively and come up with unique solutions to win the game, which enhances creativity.
- Teaches patience and perseverance: Chess is a game that requires patience and perseverance to master, and playing it can help children develop these qualities.
- Improves academic performance: Studies have shown that children who play chess tend to perform better academically, particularly in math and reading.
- Boosts confidence and self-esteem: As children improve their chess skills, they gain confidence and self-esteem.
- Encourages socialization: Chess is a social game that can help children build relationships and make new friends.
- Develops sportsmanship: Chess players learn to be gracious in both victory and defeat, which develops sportsmanship.
- Teaches responsibility: Chess players must take responsibility for their moves and decisions, which teaches children responsibility.
- Provides a lifelong hobby: Chess is a game that can be played for a lifetime, and children who learn to play chess can continue to enjoy it as they grow older
How to join
The Tween & Teen Chess Club is for kids ages 8 – 18. They meet Wednesdays from 6pm – 7pm at the Miami Springs Library located at 401 Westward Drive near the Miami Springs Tennis Courts.
Come play, converse, and grow! Drop-in and play chess games in a friendly environment. Bring your own chess set or use one of the sets at the library.
Oh. And the best part. It’s free!
Come by and bring your child next Wednesday and try it out.