I could spend hours connecting chess to various subjects, including anthropology, linguistics, or sociology. But, today, let's talk about math and literacy. Students can learn basic addition and subtraction, money management, and pattern recognition. Each piece has a point value, and in order to maintain position and fair trades, students need to recognize what pieces they are sacrificing. In addition, literacy is a core part of chess. In order to understand specific openings and defenses and do notation (recording a chess match), students read and recognize words and numbers. I like to call chess a mini college campus. It has ties to the branches of knowledge (but we can talk more about that later!).