Chess Club

Kalama student playing chess
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."


Chess Research