By Kostas Giouvantsioudis
Playing chess has proven to help students enhance their creativity, improve their power of concentration, develop and expand critical thinking skills. Boost memory and retention, and achieve superior academic performance
Chess is a game of pure intellect, focus, and wits, in which the players win or lose solely depending on their own performance. Chess teaches the students to become more resilient and not be discouraged when they lose. The students recognize that they learn from their mistakes and often see losses as a way of learning from it and get motivated to do better. There are many benefits of playing chess:
2. Chess creates an intellectual social forum which helps create new friendships.
3. Chess teaches kids to rely on their own abilities and take responsibility for their own actions.
4. Chess teaches commitment.
5. Chess helps to build academic skills.
6. Chess improves a child’s thinking abilities.
7. Chess teaches kids how to win and lose in an acceptable manner.
8. Chess teaches kids that value of hard work.
9. Chess teaches kids that team work pays off.
10. Chess teaches kids to follow rules while having fun.
12. Raises your IQ
13. Sparks your creativity
14. Increases problem-solving skills
15. Teaches planning and foresight
16. Improves reading skills
17. Optimizes memory improvement
18. Improves recovery from stroke or disability
19. Academic Confidence
21. Promotes brain growth
22. Personal Integrity
23. Concentration &Attention Span
24. Critical Thinking, Creativity & Planning
25. Spatial Awareness
26. Problem Solving
27. Independent &Abstract Decision Making
28. Emotional Intelligence
29. Developing Confidence
30. shown to benefit an individual's academic performance in school
31. Increases concentration ability
32. improves decision-making and risk management (i.e. in chess, decision-making is very important; one move could cost you the game. Individuals learn not to make hasty, rash decisions through chess)
33. enhances ability to analyze a situation before coming to conclusions
34. builds self-confidence (chess teaches children not to take losses too seriously, so in the future, losses do not discourage a child as much as they would have)
36. Beating someone in a game of chess is a great feeling.
37. enhances fighting spirit
38. Sometimes in chess, lost positions can be salvaged, as one slip-up by your opponent could hand you the win. Chess teaches a person not to give up and always have hope for a situation, no matter how bad it seems.
39. Lastly, chess is an extremely beneficial and fun hobby to have.
40. Helps prevent Alzheimer’s.