At 11 Plus London we endorse everything that helps develop the mind, improves problem solving and planning skills, and brings enjoyment and inspiration – even more so if academic advantage can be gained at the same time. For this reason, we have compiled a set of useful resources to help introduce or improve your child at Chess.

Chess is more than just a board game. It is an arena of strategic skill where two players have to adhere to precise rules, think ahead and understand the repercussions of every decision they make.

Most of us know that the object of the game is to put the opponent’s king under a direct attack from which escape is impossible, aka, checkmate. Getting there, nonetheless, is not as easy as it seems. As with many aspects of life, the game is to be won. And by focused planning and reflection on choices, making the right move in this platform is a skill that transfers to every facet of life. This is particularly useful when studying, tackling examinations and even making those all important decisions throughout one’s career.