Chess Pro ScreenMany people claim that playing games like Chess can improve your mind, but you don’t often get to see the measurements.

Since integrating the America’s Foundation for Chess “First Move” program into public schools in St Louis, the percentage  of students “proficient” in math jumped to 65% from 56% in one example class, with similar gains in other classes.

Interestingly, another benefit includes better writing proficiency. According to one student:

“It helps me with my writing because it give you ideas of what you want to put down on paper,” said Kyla. “Because when you get interested in things, you want to write about it.”