Benefits of Chess

FM TheDragon2000
Feb 25, 2015, 9:00 AM |
Chess makes people smarter. This is a fact and has been proven.

One of the highest IQs in the world is possessed by former world champion Garry Kasparov, who is regarded by many as the best chess player ever. He has a whopping IQ of 190. 

The way I see it, chess brings many benefits and skills to school children and anyone who is willing to learn:
  • The ability to think ahead and know that your actions have consequences. This is a massive part of chess as well as life in general. The skill of thinking before doing is one that would stop countless poor decisions which ruin the lives of many, many people. Some of these decisions are drug-related. They not only affect themselves and their family and friends, but whole communities.
  • School grades in general (and especially mathematics) improve. Besides it being proven, I can also personally vouch for this. Many chess players which I know are top academic achievers and go on to become doctors, actuaries, etc. Chances are that at least some of these people have been positively affected by chess.

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