Boris Gelfand, Israeli chess grandmaster, and the University of Haifa have teamed up to prove that chess can make you smarter and better adjusted.

The Grandmaster Chess Research Project will investigate the role chess-playing skills can contribute to social and scientific development, and made lead to the development of Hebrew-language educational products teaching and drawing on chess as a way to enhance cognitive abilities.

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According to a report by Israel21c, the project will examine how chess players achieve in the fields of language, math, and other academic arenas.

The report states that numerous studies on the benefits of chess have already shown that the game improves reading abilities, and is associated with higher grades in school, as well as improved concentration, self-discipline, logic, and other behaviors.

Israeli interest in chess has grown significantly since Gelfand’s second-place win at the Chess World Championship.

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Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

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  1. Two things: It is always my fondest hope to make my chess opponent smart 😉 and I like the Nero Wolfe axiom produced in response to the question, "Is there nothing you cannot do?" His response? "I can't put wisdom into a fool's brain."

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