In life, as in chess, forethought wins.
- Charles Buxton

Joining the Chess Club

Currently, we can accommodate 20 players at a time. The club is open to everyone regardless of ability and as a result, the chess club continues to generate interest, attracting girls and boys from all grades. At present, our club meets Tuesday and Thursday at lunch where one can find enjoyable competition, thoughtfulness, and fellowship.

Why Have a Chess Club at NMHS?

In a word, it is the principle of transferability. In chess, one learns that planning, rationality, creativity, and disciplining ones’ emotions have inherent value in a game, and also in life. Indeed, some view chess as a powerful metaphor, teaching us to play the game of life with thoughtfulness, persistence, imagination, and the will to win.

Furthermore, research has demonstrated that there is a correlation between playing chess and academic progress. One study established ‘that students who received chess instruction scored significantly higher on all measures of academic achievement, including math, spatial analysis, and non-verbal reasoning ability (Smith and Cage, 2000).’

In all reality, what we learn at the chess board can affect our lives, our success in school, and it is fun too!

Chess began at NMHS in September when a teacher, who had started chess clubs in every CBE school they were assigned to, and self-described as a ‘chess enthusiast’, approached school administration with the idea for a club and received permission to proceed. Student interest was generated and fueled through memes and posters while we waited for the chess boards that where purchased through the Canadian Chess Federation’s Chess and Schools Program. The boards arrived in October and rapidly, the 5 board capacity was exceeded by enthusiastic student participation in the club and additional funds were needed to acquire more boards.

While some players enjoy a relaxing game with a trusted friend over lunch, others are participating in a tournament and interest has been expressed in expanding this if resources are available.

Regardless of the level of involvement, through the game of chess, our members are building their capacity for interactions with their peers, their achievement in school, and for success in life.

Chess Club

In life, as in chess, forethought wins.
- Charles Buxton

Joining the Chess Club

Currently, we can accommodate 20 players at a time. The club is open to everyone regardless of ability and as a result, the chess club continues to generate interest, attracting girls and boys from all grades. At present, our club meets Tuesday and Thursday at lunch where one can find enjoyable competition, thoughtfulness, and fellowship.

Why Have a Chess Club at NMHS?

In a word, it is the principle of transferability. In chess, one learns that planning, rationality, creativity, and disciplining ones’ emotions have inherent value in a game, and also in life. Indeed, some view chess as a powerful metaphor, teaching us to play the game of life with thoughtfulness, persistence, imagination, and the will to win.

Furthermore, research has demonstrated that there is a correlation between playing chess and academic progress. One study established ‘that students who received chess instruction scored significantly higher on all measures of academic achievement, including math, spatial analysis, and non-verbal reasoning ability (Smith and Cage, 2000).’

In all reality, what we learn at the chess board can affect our lives, our success in school, and it is fun too!

Chess began at NMHS in September when a teacher, who had started chess clubs in every CBE school they were assigned to, and self-described as a ‘chess enthusiast’, approached school administration with the idea for a club and received permission to proceed. Student interest was generated and fueled through memes and posters while we waited for the chess boards that where purchased through the Canadian Chess Federation’s Chess and Schools Program. The boards arrived in October and rapidly, the 5 board capacity was exceeded by enthusiastic student participation in the club and additional funds were needed to acquire more boards.

While some players enjoy a relaxing game with a trusted friend over lunch, others are participating in a tournament and interest has been expressed in expanding this if resources are available.

Regardless of the level of involvement, through the game of chess, our members are building their capacity for interactions with their peers, their achievement in school, and for success in life.

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