Ideal for different ages, chess is a popular game around the world. When playing chess, we improve our mental health because it exercises our brain.
Often known as a game for the intellectually gifted, chess is the best sport to exercise the most important organ in our bodies: the brain. While Chess Grandmaster Bobby Fischer made it popular in the 1950s and 1960s, the game is still widely played around the world today among participants of all ages, from the young to the elderly.
In playing chess, you need to identify positions. This makes the left and right hemispheres of our brain active. Chess is also known to enhance kids’ creativity, boost memory, increases problem solving skills, and improve concentration.
Regardless of gender, playing chess can also raise the player’s IQ according to one study. It also challenges the brain, fueling dendrite growth. Dendrites send out signals from the neuron cells in the brain.
Chess also teaches a child to become patient in taking turns. It may also have a calming effect, teaching aggressive children to stay calm and sitting still during the game.
It is a good idea to teach chess in school, but never force kids to learn this game.
Chess is divided into different stages, an initial stage where you learn to move the pieces, watch out for basic threats, the next stage involves basic tactics, and so on. Getting from one stage to the next is hard, it might take two weeks or maybe a few months based on how fast your brain and your play can adapt to the change.
Learn how to play chess by watching the video below.