Most people don’t realize that chess is the most played game worldwide. Today, according to recent polls, 25-30 million people play chess in the United States alone! Worldwide, chess is played in more than 150 countries, and it is estimated that hundreds of millions of people know how to play chess. Because chess is something that all people can play or learn how to play. In chess, the players are provided with equal opportunities and they use strategy and intelligence to win. Through chess, the kids and adults both learn to analyze situations, evaluate options, plan strategically and solve problems. Attributes that will help us be more successful in our daily lives. Apart from better skills in mathematics chess also improves the following abilities:
Chess teaches you to evaluate options and commit decisions and most importantly to critically evaluate your and other people’s decision.
How can you single out the chess players in a school class? Well it is easy, it’s the pupils that does not raise their hands all the time to ask for help! Chess teaches you how to solve problems and how to always find the best possible solution.
Logics and structure
Chess teaches you to sort out the important information, to structure data, and it develops your logical thinking and abilities to take decisions based on logics. What company or school does not want their employees or students to develop these abilities?
Foresight, anticipation and prediction
The ability to consider the consequences of a particular action by someone else and use this information to plan and decide your actions. Foresight helps in planning and decision-making. Imagine the impact in your sport, or on your business! if you could predict the actions of someone, several moves before they act. Chess teaches you exactly this!
Whether it is in a boardroom or in battle, there is no denying that the art of planning to achieve success is what strategy meetings are all about. Chess is the best sport to learn strategy.
Scientists have shown that chess helps keep Alzheimer’s disease at bay, which is directly related to the loss of memory. The best part is that this benefit is not only limited to chess. Improved memory can be noticed in other areas of life such as academic performance, business, responsibilities, commitments, etc.
Spatial learning and neuro adaptation
Chess promotes neurological development. In short, it helps players develop foresight to view the big picture. It creates a greater range of thought. Remember, you can see all the pieces on the board in a game of chess, including your opponent’s and your own. If you know what moves your opponent is going to play, several moves ahead, wouldn’t that be a great skill to use in real-life? Strategic foresight is the result.