The Benefits of Chess from a Parent's Perspective

Sports author and NSCF board member Betsy Berns Korn shared a parent's perspective on the benefits of chess for children on an interview for the radio program "Happy and Healthy at Any Age." The show, which airs weekly on Greenwich, CT radio station 1490 WGCH, is hosted by Robin Pastore whose own children also play chess.

Betsy told how both she and her husband had learned chess as children but didn't feel comfortable teaching their own 3 children so got in touch with NSCF. She soon saw improvements in school work and new confidence, especially in math and sciences. Both moms also shared the value of tournaments as a way to build independence. (The picture at left is a slightly younger Lucas Korn at one of the NSCF chess tournaments.)

Robin commented that she has been invited to the NSCF fundraiser hosted by Hunter Korn for Phiona Mutesi, the young chess champion from the slums of Uganda whose inspiring story in "The Queen of Katwe" shows how chess can be used to develop the innate intelligence of kids even when they haven't had access to a quality school.

You can hear the entire interview by clicking: Betsy Berns Korn on the Benefits of Chess.

And you can find out more about Besty by visiting her website: femalefan.com.

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