Henrico County 4-H Youth Development is starting a free club to help youth learn the basics of chess.
The Chessmate special interest, or SPIN, club is open to children in the second through fifth grades and will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, beginning March 8, in the Board Room of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. A kickoff event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 in the demonstration kitchen in the Human Services Building.
The club will use chess to teach a variety of life skills, including problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, planning, sportsmanship and patience. Other benefits of chess include improved cognitive ability, memory and scholastic achievement, particularly in math.