Posted by: Paul Chiariello | February 14, 2011

Research on Chess in Education & Introducing Chess for Education Abroad (CEA), Inc.

This is a post from my other blog,, about the non-profit Chess for Education Abroad (CEA) that I work with.  The website documents my work in Uganda and Kenya (and a lil in Indonesia too) with setting up chess programs in disadvantaged and rural schools through the the CEA.

CEA chess program in Gulu, Uganda, June 2009. Photo courtesy of Siobhan Riordan

Below is some research about how chess helps improve certain cognitive skills for students as well as grades in math and other school subjects.  Later I’ll be posting more on this subject and other amazing chess suches.


Stuart Margulies’s “The Effect of Chess on Reading Scores: District Nine Chess Program Second Year Report” in 1992 by the American Foundation for Chess
Stuart’s two year elementary school study on chess’s effect on reading in the Bronx, New York City.
Very Short Summary of Albert Frank’s “Chess and Aptitudes” American Chess Foundation, December 1978
This important study took place in Zaire. Frank replaced several hours of math classes a week with chess instruction and problem solving.
James Liptrap’s “Chess and Standardized Test Scores” in Chess Life Magazine 1998
James studied elementary school in Texas, looking at both math and reading scores.


Enjoy.  And I hope you check out my other website documenting the work of Chess for Education Abroad too.  You can check out more links to research as well as tons of photos of projects in Uganda, Kenya and Indonesia.

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