Why Play Chess?

Dec 17, 2011, 1:44 PM |

Why play chess?

I get asked this fairly frequently, mostly by parents who are wondering if chess is worth the time, and occasionally by someone just curious about the chess world. Chess itself has been known to help with:

1. Logic

2. Foresight  

3. Memory

Chess is an age old game and one that is known to be for "Smart People". When in reality, anyone can learn and play chess well if they just try. Benjamin Franklin even knew that chess was extremely valuable to everyday life:

The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions; for life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are, in some degree, the effect of prudence, or the want of it. By playing at Chess then, we may learn: 1st, Foresight, which looks a little into futurity, and considers the consequences that may attend an action ... 2nd, Circumspection, which surveys the whole Chess-board, or scene of action: — the relation of the several Pieces, and their situations; ... 3rd, Caution, not to make our moves too hastily...

He puts that very well. I think that everything that he mentions above is reflected in our lives the more we play, practice and perfect our chess. I have even noticed those attributes more and more in my life since I started taking chess more seriously. 

All in all, I think that chess is valuable no matter which way you look at it.

What do you think?

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Luke (ljschess)