Chess and Development

By Savannah Cooper, 2022 Intern

If you are reading this, you most likely play chess or are interested in learning how to play Chess. However, do you know the benefits of playing chess? Chess has so many personal life benefits and in this post, we will discuss it. I will be referencing an article that will be linked below. To start off it takes your eyes off of the screen. Most people spend hours on their phones or computer but if you play chess you can spend a decent amount of time with people socializing and exercising your brain.
How does it exercise the two sides of the Brain?
Did you know you have two sides of your brain? The left and right sides are both used for different things. The left side of your brain is used for calculations and basic reading and writing. The right side deals with the more creative side that processes images. This means that when playing chess the left side of your brain is studying the moves that are being played while the right side is picturing the board and the possible moves. Not only does it use both sides of your brain, it also tends to keep it young and healthy. Many elderly who have played chess tends to not have signs of mental diseases and have very healthy brains due to the amount of exercise they got from the hours they played chess.
When did you start playing Chess?
Many people who started young found that chess helped out when it came to reading and patience. It is also good for problem-solving. When your child becomes an adult and learns to self-manage themselves it would not only help you out but also your kid. Chess helps kids develop problem-solving skills, but how intact are yours? Most adults tend to have good problem-solving skills but we might not use them that often or we do not know we are actually using them. When playing chess, you are actively working out your problem-thinking skills, when you think of all the moves you are going to do and also all the moves that your opponent will make. Chess is more than just a game. Chess is a life-improving activity.
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7 thoughts on “Chess and Development”

  1. A report filed in 2003, in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science showed that chess and other brain activities, like crosswords and reading, delays the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, and other mental illnesses (ABC).

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