The Professional Benefits of Chess

The Professional Benefits of Chess

NM eltenedor
Mar 22, 2018, 7:39 PM |

Here's my running list of the ways in which chess benefits us professionally (this obviously pours into other areas of our life as well). 


  • Strategic, Long-Term Planning
  • Analytical Decision-Making 
  • Creative Thinking
  • Risk Management
  • Threat Evaluation & Response
  • Quick & Accurate Assessment of Any Position
  • Teamwork (coordinating pieces effectively)
  • Team Building (a fun challenge together)
  • Critical Self-Awareness
  • Defensive Calculation 
  • Counter-Attacking 
  • Visualization (sharpening the mind's eye to see ahead)
  • Calculation (building calculation trees)
  • Tactical Prowess (forcing moves or "combos")
  • Navigating & Simplifying Complexity 
  • Sacrificing for Immaterial Gain (one of my favorite aspects of chess; good for investing)
  • Mental Toughness 
  • Patience
  • Adaptability & Flexibility 
  • Honing Strong Intuition 
  • Effective Execution ("The hardest thing to win is a won game" -GM Lasker)
  • Heightened Self-Esteem 
  • Beating Your Family, Friends & Colleagues at Chess (because let's be honest!)


What do you think? Feel free to add to the list.


I put this list on a new page of my website devoted to teaching chess in DC based organizations--because chess can basically be applied to everything, so why not? I view it as an opportunity to continue to spread my passion for chess, providing skills to folks who may not have received this training otherwise, and making my independent chess business sustainable in the long run (for now it's a sole proprietorship; I'd like to create a chess scholarship fund at some point, helping to send players in need to tournaments and get training, etc.). Let me know if you or someone you know might be interested!


At first I was just dabbling into teaching chess, not sure if it'd just be for a couple years...but now it's been three, I'm loving it, and as far as I can see, I think I'm in it for the long haul. No matter what happens, chess will remain a life-long passion for me. 


I'm also continuing Pro Bono Chess in DC and having a lot of fun! Join me in the conversation and stay up to date on my Twitter and Facebook pages.