The Donald Byrne Memorial Chess Club exists to promote the enjoyment and societal benefits of the great game of chess.

According to the Johns Hopkins School of Education, “Chess is the perfect teaching and learning tool.”

“Research shows, there is a strong correlation between learning to play chess and academic achievement. In 2000, a landmark study found that students who received chess instruction scored significantly higher on all measures of academic achievement, including math, spatial analysis, and non-verbal reasoning ability (Smith and Cage, 2000).”

Chess develops memory, improves concentration, develops logical thinking, promotes imagination and creativity, teaches independence and develops the ability to predict and foresee the consequences of our actions. Everyone is equal. Age, gender, ethnic background, religious affiliation, size, shape, color and language don't matter.

So, chess is good for all of us. But, perhaps most important, chess is fun!