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These are some of the reasons that parents encourage their children to play chess:

  • It’s great fun, especially when you win!
  • It’s a game of skill, not of chance.
  • Every game is different.
  • It develops your concentration and your memory.
  • It teaches that choices have consequences.
  • It requires the rules to be observed.
  • It requires good sportsmanship.
  • Your skill can be accurately measured, and improved.
  • It is an inexpensive sport.

But there must be drawbacks?

  • It is addictive.