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Celebrating the Induction of Judit Polgar into the World Chess Hall of Fame: The Educational Benefits of Chess

The World Chess Hall of Fame recently inducted Judit Polgar of Hungary into their hall of fame during the 6th Annual Strategy Across the Board Gala hosted by the Saint Louis Chess Club and the World Chess Hall of Fame. Polgar is widely recognized as one of the strongest female chess players of all time and has broken many barriers and records during her career.[0]

The induction of Polgar into the World Chess Hall of Fame highlights the growing interest in chess from the general public, and the incredible educational and developmental benefits that chess can provide. Chess is a unique game that teaches a variety of essential skills such as focus, determination, problem-solving, and grit, which are all key to success in school and life.

Julian Z. Schuster, the president of Webster University, has stated that “Chess is a unique didactic tool that stimulates the mind, requires the use of logic and predictive abilities and helps students to perform better under pressure.” To capitalize on the educational benefits of chess, many schools are introducing programs for various age levels, such as elementary (kindergarten-second grade, and third-fifth grade), preschool/TK, and lower school.

The induction of Judit Polgar into the World Chess Hall of Fame has further highlighted the importance of chess in education and its many benefits. It is clear that chess is much more than a game, but an investment in the future of students.[1]

0. “Chess Legend Grandmaster Judit Polgar To Be Inducted Into World …”, 29 Jan. 2023,

1. “Webster University adds minor in chess, a rare academic program …”, 29 Jan. 2023,

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