The Kalama Chess Club, sponsored by Mr. Dieguez, has been active for many years. Evidence is building that playing chess not only helps students with problem-solving skills, but also increases math and reading scores.
According to one famous study, "Using the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, a Venezuelan study of over 4000 second-grade students found a significant increase in most students’ IQ scores after only 4.5 months of systematically studying chess. This occurred across all socio-economic groups and for both males and females. The Venezuelan government was so impressed that all Venezuelan schools introduced chess lessons starting in 1988–89."