School chess will strengthen the well-being of 29,000 Danish children


The Schools’ Chess Day is on Friday’s schedule for school students across the country. It should strengthen their mental health.

Friday morning, school children across the country meet for chess games. Students have all day to dedicate themselves to the board with the familiar pieces.

It must help to strengthen the students’ mental health, it sounds from the organizers behind.

– We will use the schools’ chess day this year to focus on mental health and brain exercise.

– In our opinion, it is precisely in this corona age, where both adults and children are affected by mental health, there is more than ever a need for a day in the sign of mental health, says Mikkel Nørgaard, head of learning at Dansk Skoleskak.

About 29,000 school children are enrolled from 189 schools around the country.

The repatriation of the students in 5th grade and up means that this year’s chess day will be held both virtually and physically. This is the first time in today’s 11 year history that this is happening.

The Schools’ Chess Day will be framed by a live broadcast from the morning hours. It will offer a focus on mental health through visits by several experts.

At the same time, the online chess games will be launched.

– Several thousand children will cross blades online and across the country. At the same time, Denmark’s strongest chess player, Ellen Fredericia Nielsen, will sit and comment on some of the games while they take place.

Mikkel Nørgaard does not have a hard time seeing the connection between mental health and the game of chess.

– Having a safe community where the rules of conduct and play are clear is a very strong starting point for the question: What is a good community?

– Among other things, it is appropriate to give the opponent peace to think about. The game of chess also requires the player to control his impulses, so it is a huge healthy mental exercise for the children.

The organizers behind the Schools’ Chess Day are aware that the game of chess can be far away from some children’s everyday lives.

Therefore, the organizers have developed alternative versions of the game of chess, which are suitable for focusing on other things than getting good at traditional games. One of the new versions is called “Among Us Chess”.

– It draws on the children’s knowledge of a very popular online game of the same name. It means that there is a cheater among the player’s chess pieces.

– And you have to take really good care of it, while you have to try to expose the opponent’s cheater during the game, says Mikkel Nørgaard.

The Schools’ Chess Day will also in the coming years have a strengthened mental health as a theme.

/ ritzau /


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