What chess does to our brain

Jan 28, 2011, 8:44 AM |

Hi readers,

I have found and expanded an explanation of the impact chess has on our brain. It is quite intresting. Comment after and Enjoy!!!! Cool



Chess is a thinking game. It will expand your mind but will not expand your brain. It only creates a bigger memory area in your mind.

Chess expands your mind but does not expand your brain. Does this statement sound contradictory to you? Think again. Brain and mind and two different ingredients of a single entity. Without one the other cannot function and vice versa. For example, when you say computer, you will immediately think of two things that go into the computer, the hardware and the software – is it not?

If the head that includes the skull is the computer, then brain is the hardware and the mind is the software. Hope this example will help you realize the subtle difference between the brain and the mind.

As scientists have found and established, the brain comes fully grown at the time of birth itself. The only part that never grows physically since birth is the brain. The brain contains billions of neurons or brain cells. These individual brain cells or neurons establish connections between themselves over the first six years of child. Then, these connections, if not used by the person, will fade out and start shedding from the age of 15. The old adage – “If you do not use it, you lose it” applies to the brain perfectly. If a person does not use his brain or in other words, does not make use of the connections created by the neurons, then these connections fade out after a period and will fall down. May be inadequate use of the brain and their innumerable connections between neurons effectively is the cause for diseases like dementia, Alzheimer and such other diseases at the old age.

The brain, as stated earlier, does not grow and as such there is no room for further expansion of the brain. However, the trillions of connections that the neurons create among themselves get activated when put to use by the activities. The connections activated by the brain reflect the memory area of the brain. As such, by playing chess, a person activates a higher number of connections and strengthens them. These connections occupy a bigger area of the memory created in the brain. In other words, the memory area of the brain gets expanded and not the brain that gets expanded.

Mind, we said, is equal to the software in a computer. In other words, mind refers to the application of the memory area of the brain. As the memory area of the brain gets expanded, the mind is also said to expand and incorporate new ideas and thinking skills. Thus the mind expands its horizon and includes important traits such as critical thinking, out of the box thinking, lateral thinking, decision-making, analyzing, visualizing and such other things associated with the game of chess.

Playing chess regularly also helps in keeping you alert at all times, have a sharp mind and improve intelligence. Intelligence is not knowledge. It is the intelligence that matters the most than the knowledge. That is why, we give more importance to the Intelligence Quotient or the IQ of a person and not the Knowledge Quotient or KQ. In fact, there is nothing like KQ but IQ is there and has a special value.

Intelligence refers to the instant reaction to events or problems not experienced in life earlier. Knowledge is nothing but a reproduction of what we have learnt and experienced in life.

In the game of chess, one applies serious thinking and also shows signs of creativity and imagination with out-of-the-box ideas and lateral thinking, as part of his objective to capture the opponent’s King and say checkmate.

Now, with the advent of technology, anybody having interest in the game and a little bit of understanding can play chess whenever he wants to play and learn the tricks of the game by playing chess online. All he needs is a personal computer and internet connection.