National curriculum: Economist John Adams calls for chess to be taught in Australian schools

Could a humble board game improve school performance, play a role in driving Australia's economy and even help prisoners in rehab?

That is the question being investigated by economist and former Liberal advisor John Adams, who is heading a push to make chess a part of the national curriculum.

Mr Adams has previously worked as an economics advisor to Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos.

By political reporter Anna Henderson

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