It’s no secret that I am very interested in gamification, and the promise it brings education. So I was excited to speak with world chess champion, Garry Kasparov recently at the UNESCO Education Innovation Days in Paris. As founder of the Kasparov Chess Foundation and now an activist in education, Kasparov speaks passionately about the role chess can play in transforming the classroom.
Chess is an interactive game that stimulates the player to use logic, creativity, visualization, anticipation and discipline. Kasparov also notes that chess can be “the one great equalizer in education, in which anyone with determination to succeed can excel.” According to Kasparov, more than any other game, chess can transform a child. If taught correctly, chess can be a student’s driving force, helping in every aspect of critical thinking and self-esteem development. “It also teaches students an early sense of responsibility showing them that they are responsible for their actions.” Thank you, Garry, for speaking with me and for your dedication to education.