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Pros and cons of chess

  • #301
    @Elrond I think he meant that was why he LIKES chess. He just got the meaning of "beef" wrong, I think.
  • #302

    RyantheBright wrote:

    Basically, if you know more about chess than your opponent, you should win.

    that's all it takes, one clear sentence.

  • #303

    This may've been mentioned already; I haven't read the entire thread. Fred Reinfeld was once asked the benefits of playing chess. He said: 1. Since chess is a long game, it teaches you patience and working toward a long-term goal. 2. Since you have to calculate your opponent's responses, it teaches you to see things from another's view. 3. Since your opening play will help you or haunt you later, you learn that actions have consequences. To those I'll add: 4. Since pieces of different abilities work to achieve a common goal, it teaches management skills. I had another one but I've been up all night and I don't remember it. But there are several, obviously.

  • #304

    I think Elroch did a pretty good job of evenly pointing out some of the major pros and cons of chess.A site like this naturally fills up with players who takes their chess more seriously than the more casual player. The fact that we are here proves that for the moment at least the pros of chess outweighs the cons.I also think that most of us have days where we wish we had never learned the game.

  • #305

    Chess is good for your brain.  happy.png

  • #306

    Nothing but pros. Its competitive, requires/demands patience and courage, promotes and provokes thought, promotes social interaction, the list goes on and on and on. Its universal! You can travel around the world and you might feel like a stranger in a strange land, but then you discover the locals are playing chess and suddenly youre right at home, amongst bretheren! Well ok its never really like that, but it IS a language spoken everywhere in this world, and that IS a unifying thing.

  • #307

    Every human being who uses their brain and common sense will benefit from chess, checkers, soccer, football, singing, and other hobbies/activities. As long as you know when to stop, every hobby has benefits that carry on in other parts of your life.

  • #308

    You're considered cool if you play chess wink.png

  • #309

    Great thread but how did I miss it the first time around   lol.    

  • #310

    soccer,football,etc, at games to improve the body.Chess improves the mind

  • #311

    soccer,football,etc, at games to improve the body.Chess improves the mind

  • #312

    what are you even doing here???

  • #313
    Elroch wrote:

    Given that many of us here devote or have devoted a fair amount of time to playing chess, I thought it would be interesting to have a discussion on the pros and cons of chess (compared to other ways to spend your time). I imagine other people will be able to add to (and maybe disagree with) my lists. It might be amusing (and challenging) to compile everyone's ideas into two complete bullet lists. My initial lists are pretty much off the top of my head, based on what I have learnt over the years, but I am sure there is much material out there that could be used to consolidate some aspects.

    Pros of chess

    • The rules are precise and unambiguous
    • The objective is clearly defined
    • There is a cozy familiarity about the game, particularly the openings
    • There is a boost to the ego from winning
    • Chess permits precise analytical thinking (though for practical purposes, mostly there is some intuition in deciding which lines to go for)
    • Chess is an old, well-established game, with a rich heritage and place in popular culture as "the" mind sport
    • Chess is mental exercise. Mental exercise (including chess) is now known to be good for the health, especially in the elderly.
    • Chess can be inexpensive, compared to most hobbies (especially online, or friendly chess)
    • Chess can promote social interaction, whether it be local chess club enjoying a drink together or chess.com, with its rich and varied community
    • Other chess players are of above average intelligence, which makes them more worth knowing. (?)
    • Chess can be an enjoyable obsession

    Cons of chess

    • Chess serves no real purpose outside itself
    • Chess uses time and effort, and displaces other activities which might be better than it in some ways
    • Chess is inherently unconstructive. While the theory can be intellectual and academic in nature (though inherently unimportant), the purpose is fundamentally to defeat the opponent. It is possible that chess causes unconstructive patterns of thought by a process analagous to transference. i.e. in chess you are fighting alone against an opponent, so other things can seem like that even if they are not, which can be unhelpful. Of course, there are ways in which this could be considered a pro - perhaps in certain areas like business the fighting aspect of chess could be well-channelled. [This point is based both on my own experience and what I have observed in others]
    • Very few chess players can earn money from chess, especially with the large number of GMs in the world these days. Professional chess has very limited income streams from non-participants. Of course this is not a con at all to most people, who play chess as a hobby and have no interest in chess as a career
    • While some types of chess are cheap, playing in frequent OTB tournaments is expensive and takes a lot of time, with a large impact on the rest of ones'  life.
    • Chess can be obsessive, which can be damaging to other areas of life.

     

    What would you add or change to these lists?

    what??? hel no! it has brought my maths from b to an A+ !!!!

  • #314

    Some trolls from the off-topic-cave would actually benefit from playing chess if they would actually play the game instead of wasting their brain resources to write pointless crap. 

  • #315
    cappablanco wrote:

    Some trolls from the off-topic-cave would actually benefit from playing chess if they would actually play the game instead of wasting their brain resources to write pointless crap. 

    yeah. I do play chess. some of them don't, though.....

  • #316

    just realized the vintage of this here fine thread...

  • #317

    And yet you still managed to add a point!

    Well done on the top math grade. Not entirely sure you can give the credit to chess. happy.png

  • #318
    Elroch wrote:

    And yet you still managed to add a point!

    Well done on the top math grade. Not entirely sure you can give the credit to chess. 

    THANKS! and it did help.

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