Authors: Mr. Ebenezer Joseph, Dr. Veena Easvaradoss, Ms. Anita Kennedy, Dr. Sumathi Chandrasekaran and Mrs. Miriam Kalpana Simon
Abstract: Systematic study of chess has been 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 studied the cognitive functions that contributed to the IQ gain. Eighty- six school children, boys and girls in the age group (4-15) undergoing chess training were assessed using Binet-Kamat Test of Intelligence. Paired t tests and regression analysis were carried out. Significant increases were observed in IQ. Regression analysis indicated that 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