How I Got My Paper Written while Playing Chess

How I Got My Paper Written while Playing Chess

Aug 23, 2017, 4:46 AM |

Ever since I can recall, I had been intrigued by chess. It’s probably because I have been exposed to it at a very early age since my parents used to play it all the time. In fact, I learned the basic rules of chess before I could even read or add. However, I didn’t dedicate too much time to it, because playing outside was always a lot more fun. It was when I reached high school that I became more interested in the game. I remember one specific occasion where I was swamped with homework, and on top of everything, I had a paper to turn in tomorrow, but despite all of that, I wasn’t able to separate myself from a chess game with my dad.

 Once I did manage to finish it, I started writing my paper, and it practically wrote itself. I didn’t feel exhausted or tired. I felt refreshed. Still, I decided to have my paper checked by just in case. In the end, I got an A for it, for made me all the more curious about the benefits of playing chess. It really did take my thinking to another level and made me become more productive, which is why it’s now a part of my studying routine. Digging deeper into the subject matter, I discovered that chess helps your brain in several different ways:

 1. It Literally Grows Your Brain

According to research, playing chess stimulates dendrite growth, which allows neurons to work more efficiently. So, by playing chess, we are making the most out of our brain power. It’s like a having a slow computer to which you add a RAM module. It will start completing all the operations more efficiently, without you having to reduce the number of application you are working in or having to restart every so often. The same thing happens to your brain once you become a regular chess player.

 2. It Increases Your Attention Span

In this day and age, the attention spans of young people are getting shorter every day, because there are so many distractions in the shape of digital devices, apps, social media, and the sheer abundance of information. What’s even worse is that ADHD is getting misdiagnosed every day. Instead of putting young minds on drugs to deal with the issue, we should direct them toward chess. Chess requires a great deal of concentration, and the moment we let our mind wander somewhere else, our opponent will take advantage of that and win. And nobody likes to lose, which makes chess the perfect tool for boosting focus and attention.

 3. It Boost Your Memory

Doctors recommend chess because it’s one of the most effective methods of prevention against certain cognitive and mental disorders, such as Alzheimer’s. The number of strategies in chess is virtually endless, and in order to become a good chess player, you need to remember a significant number of them. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should sit down and start learning the strategies. You will adopt them naturally as you play more and more. That way, you will also be able to figure which one to implement and when. But the best part about this is that it will spillover into your everyday life, as well as your studies, which means you will be able to memorize more information.

 4. It Builds Confidence

As I have already mentioned, chess is a very competitive game, and if you’re not paying attention, you will end up losing fairly quickly. But, if you can manage to pull it together and win a few times, you will notice that your confidence will start to grow. And because chess is a problem-solving game, you will actually get better and more confident at solving practical, as well as academic obstacles, such as math assignments, puzzle, and so on.

 5. It Helps You Develop Strategic Thinking

When you have too many things on your plate, as usually happens when you are a student, figuring your priorities and tackling your problems is essential if you are looking to succeed. One’s chess skill is highly dependent on their ability to strategize. Like most skills, your strategic ability is something that needs to be honed and improved with practice. And while it will certainly help you in chess, having a good strategic mind will also help you in school and in real life, because you will be able to make the most out of a situation that is less than perfect.

 Chess is a lot of fun to play, but it is also a great way to exercise your mind and improve your academic ability. Work it into your daily routine and you will be able to see the change in no time.