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The Big Idea for Monday, April 08, 2013

What subject in school teaches logical thinking, decision-making, trains memory, strengthens will power, and motivates children to win and teaches them how to deal with defeat? In today's lesson, we explore how chess is actually "the only subject that can do all this."

Chess is not only a brain-training game, it also teaches meta-skills that can be applied in business and life. That is why this learning tool is being used widely in Armenia. So why not here?


  1. 1 Chess Should Be Required in U.S. Schools
    Alex Berezow Experts' Corner
  2. 2 Chess Builds Business and Life Skills
    Maurice Ashley
  3. 3 Chess Requires Masculine Qualities
    Irina Krush
  4. 4 Chess in Russia Is Like Baseball in America
    Anatoly Karpov

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