What are the benefits of playing chess?

The Knight is one of the most important and versatile pieces in chess.
The Knight is one of the most important and versatile pieces in chess.

Chess is one of the oldest games there is, when it was invented in the early 6th century it was used as a form of training by Indian nobility as a form of recreation and by generals of the time who used it to develop military tactics and train future commanders. Chess was used as a training tool for years up until 1850 when the first modern chess tournament was held in London, it wasn’t until the 20th century that chess really began to catch on worldwide as a serious sporting endeavor. As chess world champions began to emerge across the globe more research was done into the effects of playing chess and how the brain develops when taught chess at a young age. The research showed that chess is one of the easiest and best brain tools around.

If chess is played on a regular basis it can help improve students memory, reading skills, increase their creativity and problem solving skills, as well as teaching foresight and future planning. If played on a regular basis chess can also improve a student’s IQ making chess a very attractive activity for schools and learning centers. Chess can be a fun and exciting way to improve students cognitive ability without the student realizing they’re learning or training their brain.

A study done in 2000 delved deeper into the effects of chess on students and found that students who play chess had better standardized test scores over their non-chess playing colleagues. Other studies have shown a positive correlation between playing chess and cognitive development and critical thinking skills. Students who play chess are able to analyze and solve math problems faster and with greater accuracy as well as problems that they face in the real world.

Chess has been used extensively in the New York school system for years and attempts to target those from a lower socio-economic background as chess is an activity that transcends age, sex, race and background to help all children develop their brain and critical thinking skills. The introduction of chess has been intended to increase the graduation rates in the New York area and while it is still too soon to notice the effects of this policy, the initial signs are positive.

Chess is a fun and challenging  way to develop important skills and train your brain without realizing you’re doing it. If you are interested in playing chess or developing your own critical thinking skills you can join the join chess club which meets on Monday and Friday mornings at 7:30.


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