Chess can be regarded as a character builder in that it resembles life. You have to face facts, plan, take decisions and learn to accept the consequences of your decisions. Participation in competitive chess is ideal for the development of qualities such as self-control, perseverance and sportsmanship.
It teaches our young people to succeed in a highly competitive world, to expect competition and face up to it through effective planning, to strive to the utmost in reaching their objectives but also to emerge from the battle as worthy losers. It furthermore exercises the intellect, promotes creative thinking and the ability to concentrate for long periods, which should help a child to improve his academic achievements.
There is no reason why schools should not be as proud of the performance of their chess players as they are of achievements in the fields of academics, culture or sport. Somewhere in South Africa there may be a future world champion. It is the task of schools to find him and assist in his development.
This PREFACE is taken from the CHESS MANUAL FOR SCHOOLS, compiled by the late Martin Serfontein.