Sportsmanship & Chess
What is Sportsmanship? Sportsmanship is an attitude that strives for fair play, courtesy toward teammates and opponents, ethical behavior and integrity. It is an essential quality which leads to a better life.
Ever wondered how chess can enhance Sportsmanship? Playing chess enhances our sense of sportsmanship and improves the way we treat one another. This cannot be undervalued, teaching sportsmanship isn’t simply about learning proper manners, but an important life skill, especially for developing minds.
How is sportsmanship a major part of good behavior?
Sportsmanship is one of the life skills that can be enhanced through chess. Many parents tell us that chess has improved their child’s self-esteem. Many others tell us that chess has taught their child sportsmanship, including how to deal gracefully with challenges.
Chess teaches etiquettes without making children realize that they are being taught something. When they attend a Live chess class they tend to form a routine. A routine which tends to improve many other aspects of their lives.
Being a good sport displays a good sense of self and good character. Ever seen children getting cranky and holding grudges with the people they lose a game with?
They automatically stop socializing with that person, their perspective changes and all that just because they lost a game. Sometimes kids tend to spill emotions of anger, hatred and jealousy towards their opponents which is because they want to win and they start seeing a chess board as a battlefield Whereas Chess board is the only battlefield where a game can be wrong, not the players! Which is what kids need to be taught. That good behavior at the chessboard is directly proportional to good behavior in general. During an online chess class the chess trainers teach kids how to communicate, how to initiate polite conversations and how to respect your opponent which cannot be achieved while playing chess with a friend.
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