Nothing less than a social project for Ireland, using chess to make children better socially adjusted, more intelligent, better human beings, growing into young adults well-prepared for the Knowledge Society of the 21st Century.
The Chairman and initiator of Chess Moves for Life is Kevin O’Connell. He has 40+ years experience and an MSc in Sports Science.
Chess is a powerful aid to raising educational standards, not only in mathematics, but also of literacy, as witnessed by studies carried out all over the world. It has also become known as a tool to prise the socially deprived young out of a downward spiral of drugs and violence. Projects in Harlem and the Bronx stand out. A handful of studies now show long-term benefits to health. Many senior citizens suffering from Alzheimer’s show significant improvement in their condition if they play chess regularly. There is even some evidence that lifelong chess players are many times less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s in the first place. Prevention is better than cure – another argument for chess in schools.