Chess is the world’s number one thinking sport, played by millions of people every day. Although the exact origins of the game are still something of mystery, what is known is that playing chess helps youngsters and adults alike to maintain healthy cognitive functioning. The increase of attention, focus and concentration, not to mention improved memory, creative thinking and visualization capabilities that playing chess develops is widely recognised for improving academic results, yet the benefits of chess run even deeper. Playing and studying chess develops numerous positive character traits which benefit young learners throughout their lives, including perseverance, sportsmanship, good manners, respect, team spirit, and learning to embrace their failures as the route to future successes.
Structured learning and competitive playing opportunities are needed to realize the maximum potential benefits. Kids must be able to practice what they learn. To realize that aim, SCA has organized 14 competitive chess tournaments in Shanghai since 2015. Now, however, considering the limitations on holding face-to-face competition due to covid-19, we’re pleased to announce the inaugural 2020-2021 international schools online league, and we welcome teams from all international schools worldwide to participate and compete.