Chess Club members have the opportunity to learn the game of chess. Students begin with the pieces, their names and basic moves. As their skills improve they will begin to employ chess strategies and hone their skills. Chess is a game that teaches students to think ahead as well as cause/effect relationships or consequences. It engages their brains on multiple levels to increase higher level thinking skills, advance math and reading skills, and build self-confidence. Research shows there is a strong correlation between learning to play chess and academic achievement with students engaged in regular chess play scoring significantly higher on academic tests, including math, spatial analysis, and non-verbal reasoning ability.