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I offer to teach disadvantaged children chess on the weekends via Skype. Chess helps develop critical thinking skills that are the foundation of improvement in math and reading. There are many impoverished children who have difficulty with problem solving and are at risk of failing. It is proven from many studies that playing more chess helps lead to an increase in cognitive and social development. Chess teaches children pattern identification and problem solving. The hands-on nature of the game helps keep children interested and focused, which in many cases translates to their school work.


Chess instruction helps improve children’s quantitate reasoning abilities. It helps keep children excited to play a game that improves their academic potential.


There is currently a very noticeable gap in academic performance between impoverished children and economically advantaged children. However, all children are at the same level on the chess board. Both players start on an equal playing field and have an opportunity to win and are not affected by aspects of race, religion, socioeconomic class, or gender.


Many countries including Russia and China realize the benefits of chess and use it in their schools to help increase brain development in the students. However, chess does not have nearly the same role in the education system in America as it does in other countries. That is why I decided to use the skills I was fortunate enough to accumulate over many years of playing chess to help other children. I witnessed first hand how chess helped improve my concentration, memory, and overall confidence. I want to share the benefits with other children which is why I volunteer to teach chess to disadvantaged children.


Many people do not realize the scientifically proven benefits of playing chess. Studies show that skilled chess players have more activity in their frontal cortices which is the area that specializes in problem-solving and recognition. There are even studies to prove that after 18 weeks of chess lessons, children have higher IQ scores. Also chess helps students utilize both sides of their brains simultaneously. Chess players use the right side of the brain, which is used for pattern recognition, along with the left side, which is used to analyze situations, to decide the best move on the board. This use of both sides of the brain at the same time helps make students critical and strategic thinkers, which translates to the classroom.

I am very proud to volunteer to teach disadvantaged children, and it is warming to know that you are making a difference in children’s life. I am fortunate that I can use a game that I am passionate about to make a noticeable difference in other children’s lives not just in chess, but in their classes and their education.


Chess Changes the World!




USCF Expert

2013 Chess Rating

500 Hours of Lessons

160+ USCF Tournaments


For Disadvantaged Children



Email me: spinnelj@bxscience.edu

Call me: +917 797 2121

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