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What is Chess?

People often think of chess as the game of gentleman, geniuses, philanthropists and other gifted people. However, this is a misconception – it is only half true. Chess is for EVERYONE.

The reality of chess is different – it is an incredibly beneficial pastime and many experts have considered the benefits listed below as the prime reason that chess remains popular today. These benefits are directly related to the practice of chess, both in real-life and virtual environments, which means that chess is the answer to the question – ‘Is there a game where I can have fun AND get benefits from?’ I find the comments on the Chessity website to be particularly apt.

Let’s look at some of those benefits in more detail:

Better Brain Function: the brain is remarkable –Studies show that in order to play chess well, a player must develop and utilize the brain’s left hemisphere, which deals with object recognition, as well as the right hemisphere, which deals with pattern recognition. Over time, thanks to the rules and techniques involved in the game, playing chess will effectively exercise and develop not one but both sides of your brain.

Improved Memory: There are many tactics and strategies in chess and a good player should know most of them, but it is not the case of sitting and learning the tactics by heart. Over the course of many games, players develop an almost natural feeling of when to use a certain strategy or tactic – this is where the benefits of improved memory shine – players can quickly remember and use different strategies or tactics. The best part is that this benefit is not only limited to chess – improved memory can be noticed in other areas of life such as academic performance, responsibilities, commitments, etc.

Improved Cognitive Abilities: Cognitive ability is a very broad term, it includes perception, motor, language, visual and spatial processing and executive functions. While playing chess, EACH cognitive ability is stimulated because the game covers every part of our actions. So the next time you see chess players playing, think about the ‘exercise’ they’re going through.

Strategic Thinking: Chess is considered to be a strategy game – this means that in order to win, you must have a better plan of action than your opponent. But no one is born with the ability to conceive great strategic moves, it must be learned by practicing. To most people, strategy is associated with war and army generals planning their attacks with strategic moves, this example is not far from chess. Just like a general commands his army, a chess player commands his or her own pieces in a battle of black and white. So playing chess greatly improves the ability to develop certain strategies and plans. And no, this benefit is not only useful to army generals and chess players – a good strategic mind is much more productive, because it creates the best plan of action for every daily task. Also, strategic thinking is a life saver in academic and work environments, because everything is planned one step ahead and there’s always a plan B.

Attention Improvement: the epidemic of the 21st century is ADHD. Adults and children alike are finding it harder and harder to focus at school and work, less is being done and productivity declines rapidly. With so many distractions, it is easy to diagnose yourself with attention deficit disorder, but there are better ways of dealing with this phenomenon than heading to your local drugstore. Chess DEMANDS attention, in other words, if your mind is not focused on the game – you lose, simple as that. With such an immediate punishment for lack of attention, the mind is trained to be focused and attentive. This results in better performance in schools and workplaces, less time wasted and more victories achieved.

Chess Is Fun.

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"Chess helps you to concentrate, improve your logic. It teaches you to play by the rules and take responsibility for your actions, how to problem solve in an uncertain environment."

Garry Kasparov

"Chess is life"

Bobby Fischer

"I am convinced, the way one plays chess always reflects the player's personality. If something defines his character, then it will also define his way of playing."

Vladimir Kramnik

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