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WHY SHOULD YOU PLAY CHESS? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

WHY SHOULD YOU PLAY CHESS? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

 

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Chess is a game for people of all ages. You can learn to play at any age and in chess, unlike in many other sports, you don't ever have to retire. Age is also not a factor when you're looking for an opponent --young can play old and old can play young.

 

Chess develops memory. The chess theory is complicated and many players memorize different opening variations. You will also learn to recognize various patterns and remember lengthy variations.

 

Chess improves concentration. During the game you are focused on only one main goal -- to checkmate and become the victor.

 

Chess develops logical thinking. Chess requires some understanding of logical strategy. For example, you will know that it is important to bring your pieces out into the game at the beginning, to keep your king safe at all times, not to make big weaknesses in your position and not to blunder your pieces away for free. (Although you will find yourself doing that occasionally through your chess career. Mistakes are inevitable and chess, like life, is a never-ending learning process.)

 

Chess promotes imagination and creativity. It encourages you to be inventive. There are an indefinite amount of beautiful combinations yet to be constructed.

 

Chess teaches independence. You are forced to make important decisions influenced only by your own judgment.

 

Chess develops the capability to predict and foresee consequences of actions. It teaches you to look both ways before crossing the street.

 

Chess inspires self-motivation. It encourages the search of the best move, the best plan, and the most beautiful continuation out of the endless possibilities. It encourages the everlasting aim towards progress, always steering to ignite the flame of victory.

 

Chess shows that success rewards hard work. The more you practice, the better you'll become. You should be ready to lose and learn from your mistakes. One of the greatest players ever, Capablanca said, "You may learn much more from a game you lose than from a game you win. You will have to lose hundreds of games before becoming a good player."

 

Chess and Science. Chess develops the scientific way of thinking. While playing, you generate numerous variations in your mind. You explore new ideas, try to predict their outcomes and interpret surprising revelations. You decide on a hypothesis, and then you make your move and test it.

 

Chess and Technology. What do chess players do during the game? Just like computers they engage in a search for the better move in a limited amount of time. What are you doing right now? You are using a computer as a tool for learning.

 

Chess and Mathematics. You don't have to be a genius to figure this one out. Chess involves an infinite number of calculations, anything from counting the number of attackers and defenders in the event of a simple exchange to calculating lengthy continuations. And you use your head to calculate, not some little machine.

 

Chess and Research. There are millions of chess resources out there for every aspect of the game. You can even collect your own chess library. In life, is it important to know how to find, organize and use boundless amounts of information. Chess gives you a perfect example and opportunity to do just that.

 

Chess and Art. In the Great Soviet Encyclopedia chess is defined as "an art appearing in the form of a game." If you thought you could never be an artist, chess proves you wrong. Chess enables the artist hiding within you to come out. Your imagination will run wild with endless possibilities on the 64 squares. You will paint pictures in your mind of ideal positions and perfect outposts for your soldiers. As a chess artist you will have an original style and personality.

 

Chess and Psychology. Chess is a test of patience, nerves, will power and concentration. It enhances your ability to interact with other people. It tests your sportsmanship in a competitive environment.

 

Chess improves schoolwork and grades. Numerous studies have proven that kids obtain a higher reading level, math level and a greater learning ability overall as a result of playing chess. For all those reasons mentioned above and more, chess playing kids do better at school and therefore have a better chance to succeed in life.

 

Chess opens up the world for you. You don't need to be a high ranked player to enter big important competitions. Even tournaments such as the US Open and the World Open welcome players of all strengths. Chess provides you with plenty of opportunities to travel not only all around the country but also around the world. Chess is a universal language and you can communicate with anyone over the checkered plain.

 

Chess enables you to meet many interesting people. You will make life-long friendships with people you meet through chess.

 

Chess is cheap. You don't need big fancy equipment to play chess. In fact, all you may need is your computer! It is also good to have a chess set at home to practice with family members, to take to a friend's house or even to your local neighborhood park to get everyone interested in the game.

 

CHESS IS FUN! Dude, this isn't just another one of those board games. No chess game ever repeats itself, which means you create more and more new ideas each game. It never gets boring. You always have so much to look forward to. Every game you are the general of an army and you alone decide the destiny of your soldiers. You can sacrifice them, trade them, pin them, fork them, lose them, defend them, or order them to break through any barriers and surround the enemy king. You've got the power!

Comments


  • 4 years ago

    zapped

    As Chessplayers we can read into chess anything we please to suit our individual temperaments or needs. Stefan Zweig, in his short story The Royal Game (1945) made a lasting impression on me - he wrote - and I will quote it verbatim: "But it is not an offensively narrow construction to call chess a game? Is it not a science, a technique, an art, that sways among these categories as Mahomat's coffin does between heaven and earth, at once a union of all contradictory concepts: primeval yet ever new; mechanical in operation yet effective only through the imagination; bounded in geometric space through boundless in its combinations; ever developing yet sterile; thought that leads to nothing; mathematics that produce no results; art without works; architecture without substance, and nevertheless, as proved by evidence, more lasting in its being and presence than all books and achievements; the only game that belongs to all people and all ages; of which none knows the divinity that bestowed it on the world, to slay boredom, to sharpen the senses, to exhilarate the spirit. One searches for its beginnings and for its end. Children can learn its simple rules, duffers succumb to its temptation, yet within this immutable tight square it creates a particular species of master not to be compared with any other - persons destined for chess alone, specific geniuses in whom vision, patience and technique are operative through a distribution no less precisely ordained than in mathematicians, poets, composers, but united on a different level".
  • 4 years ago

    zapped

    Chess is a form of intellectual productivity, therein lies its peculiar charm. Intellectual productiveness is one of the greatest joys - if not the greatest one - of human existence. It is not everyone who can write a play, or build a bridge, or even make a good joke. But in chess everyone can, everyone must, be intellectually productive and so can share in this select delight.
  • 4 years ago

    zapped

    Aelf asked if anyone had read Benjamin Franklin's book ... In that that book, Morals of Chess (1786) Franklin states that that it has often been claimed in the past, and is still claimed today, that playing chess is of educational benefit for the mind - that it inculcates certain virtues such as foresight, patience, and the ability to accept the consequences of one's decisions. In concrete detail, the rule of not being able to take back a move is assumed to transfer to important decisions of daily life.
  • 4 years ago

    GUINNESS47

    dude your link is broken. nice article though

  • 4 years ago

    zapped

    Seigbert Tarrasch's famous dictum is often quoted: "Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy".
  • 5 years ago

    deepOzzzie

    Nope

  • 5 years ago

    aelf

    Have you ever read Benjamin Franklin's 1779 essay on the morals of chess?

  • 5 years ago

    cerlin

    "....I believe...."

  • 5 years ago

    Maria_Mihai

    awesome!

  • 5 years ago

    Zerg164

    This was useful for a speech I gave on why people should play chess more!

  • 5 years ago

    bukkephalus

    chess is good for ACT and SAT prep.

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