Chess is a recreational and strategic checkered board game requiring two players to skillfully compete with each other by moving each of the 16 pieces across the board with set rules and regulations of movement, in a way to attack the opponent’s king and defeat them. Chess is loved by people all over the world and is played at international game events and personal get togethers in parties, pubs, living rooms and practically everywhere.
Nowadays, chess is being played online among players who are strangers, sitting far off from each other. This visual brain tease is one of the best fun online learning games for kids. If your kids are indulging in an online game-play of chess, you wouldn’t really term it as a waste of time; since playing chess has its own advantages, especially for the development of one’s brain. It involves an intense intellectual challenge that’s very good for the health of your kids’ mind.
Here’s a bunch of reasons why you should encourage your children to participate in the game of chess online or offline:-
Since skilled and professional chess players are quite trained to anticipate their opponent’s moves, it makes them more aware of others' mentality in real life and build qualities like empathy which is a prerequisite for social relationships. Children who practice chess are fairly able to predict the next move of the other person because of developed perspective-taking ability.
Being an intellectually triggering game, chess enhances the brain’s concentration and memory skills. The game involves memorizing rules for numerous moves and their potential outcomes, thereby inducing auditory memory- the ability to recall whatever is learned, quite easily.
Chess players are proven to be more creative as compared to those who don’t. It stimulates the functioning of that part of the brain which is responsible for creative thinking ability and skills, making chess players get an edge over others with their divergent ideas.
Chess involves a lot of careful planning in terms of each move on the board, inducing the ability to plan, making the player more skillful in this virtue in real life situations. Another cognitive benefit of chess is problem solving skills which can help improve a child’s academic performance to a great extent.
Chess is adopted as a creative therapy strategy by many counselors who seek to increase self awareness among their clients. Even as an individual one can analyse one’s ability and power when put under stress and challenges as they arise in the course of a chess game.
Engaging one’s brain in chess regulates motor functions and promotes mental flexibility that reduces the chance of developing disorders like ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) in kids and dementia in older people. It challenges memory, visual-spatial skills, calculation, and critical thinking abilities.
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