Chess is a board game that requires strategy and tactics. It is a two player game and both the players command an army of 16- which includes the King, Queen, Bishops, Knights, Rooks and Pawns. Almost everybody knows what chess is, but many do not know how to play it. Yes, it is a board game but it not only ‘just’ a board game. There are quite some perks to the game of Chess and hence making it special. Here are some of the points that make Chess special.
- Promotes the health of the brain- When there is no stimulation of the brain, the brain cells slowly deteriorate however Chess is a game that challenges us, especially our brain, giving it a mental work out which leads to the gown of dendrites and the neural communication with the brain and thus improving it. Furthermore, over time with the game of Chess and the technique involved, it helps both the right and the left hemisphere of our brain. The workout that Chess also provides aids in the prevention of Alzheimer. A study featured in The New England Journal of Medicine had found that people over the age of 75 who are engaged in brain games have lesser chances to develop dementia than compared to the ones who don’t play. Chess also aids in the recovery from stroke or other disability as it develops in fine motor skills. The mental effort required to play the game improves cognitive and communication skills.
- Chess boosts our IQ- A scientific study conducted shows that playing the game can raise your level of IQ. A study in Venezuela was conducted where 4000 students’ IQ scores were raised after they were given four months of chess instruction.
- Chess optimises our memory power- Chess requires from its players to remember the complex set of rules and also the various tactics and strategies, so players make use of their memory power and their power of recall. According to a study in Pennsylvania, 6th-grade students who never played Chess before had their memories and verbal skill improved after playing.
- Aids in bringing out creativity – As playing Chess exercises both the sides of the brain. The right side of the brain is responsible for creativity, so it brings out more of our potential. A study was conducted where students were made to play Chess and other activities. The Chess group scored the highest in creativity. It also aids in improving your reading skills.
- Enhances problem-solving skill- Chess requires fast thinking and analysis of both your move and about the opponent’s move. A study was conducted in 1992 were 450 fifth graders in New Brunswick, the study revealed that those who played Chess had scored more compared to the ones who didn’t play. Also playing Chess requires strategic and critical thinking, it helps in boosting the prefrontal cortex development thus brings a development in planning and foresight.