Mentoring children through chess training, enhancing cognitive functions.

[Speaker] Joseph, Ebenezer:1,2,3
[Co-author] Easvaradoss, Veena:3, Simon, Miriam Kalpana:4, Abraham, Suneera:2, Chandran, David:2
1:Madras University (India), 2:Emmanuel Chess Centre (India), 3:Women's Christian College (India), 4:Madras Christian College (India)

Chess training has shown to significantly increase the IQ and cognitive functioning among children. The study assessed the impact of chess intervention on the IQ scores of children, and analysed the cognitive functions which contributed to the IQ gain. 86 school children (boys & girls, aged between 4-15 years) undergoing chess training were assessed using Binet-Kamat Test of Intelligence (Kamat, 1964). Paired tests and regression analysis were carried out. Significant increases were observed in IQ. Regression analysis indicated that the non-verbal reasoning, language and memory significantly contributed to the dependent variable IQ. The study has important implications for education.
Keywords: Chess training, Cognitive Development, IQ, Non-Verbal reasoning, Language, Memory.
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