Chess is a game of pure intellect, focus and wits, in which the players win or lose solely depending on their own performance. It has been proven to be an ideal learning tool for young children. While playing, the child is subconsciously developing their personality, intellectual skills and strength of character. And the best part is – All of this while having fun!
There are some brainy benefits of playing Chess –
1) Mathematical skills improvement – Maths is often seen as a “solve for X” problem and nothing more, but that isn’t the case. Maths is about pattern-recognition, logic, and the ability to play around with variables in your head, all of which chess is known to improve.
For example – Simplifying geometry, by learning the movements of Knights, Bishops and other pieces. Improving problem solving, by anticipating moves ahead of time. Enhancing the speed of calculations, by constantly thinking of different variations in depth during a game.
No wonder one becomes better in maths by playing chess!
2) Memory – It improves very quickly from having to remember the movements of different pieces and later on, openings, by heart. Chess is a very structured game where one needs to follow specific rules in order to progress, that too, while having fun. Just like at school!
3) Concentration and Patience – Playing Chess gradually increases the player’s power to focus. The ability to remain patient increases with each game along with student’s level of concentration.
4) Perseverance – A chess player quickly realizes that success and victory only come after many attempts and mistakes. So, a player develops an attribute to effectively deal with any delay in success.
5) Rational thinking – Chess dramatically improves a child’s ability to think rationally. Chess also increases cognitive skills.
6) Logic – Chess inculcates the ability to think logically because you have to play within the constraints of the board and pieces. It fosters thinking directly about the problem at hand and using the simplest solution to solve the problem.
7) Responsible – Chess makes a child realize that he or she is responsible for his or her own actions and must accept the consequences. It also teaches the players to try their best to win and also to accept defeat with grace.
8) Motivation – Students can analyse any mistakes or losses after a game. This acts as a motivating factor for the students to learn and not repeat the same for the future. Students learn to see defeats as a way of learning from it and get motivated to do better.
9) Team work – Chess builds a sense of team spirit while emphasizing the ability of the individual. It makes kids realize practically that team work pays off.
10) Observational Skills- Learning chess helps develop the player’s observational and analytical abilities.
In today’s times where the importance of sports is gaining momentum, there are many opportunities in India and worldwide to make chess your career and profession. One can do well as a professional chess player and have a great career in the future.
So why should we play chess? Because it’s fun and educational!