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.