The Benefits of Chess

Since chess was created, it has attracted geniuses, artists, and other talented people. The popularity among geniuses has created the misconception that chess can only be played by intelligent and extremely talented people. But, the truth is anyone can play chess. In fact, if you choose to play chess then you will receive many physical and mental benefits. Here are a few of the benefits of chess:

Increased Brain Function

The phrase, “if you don’t use it, you lose it” applies to the most important body organ: the brain. In other words, your brain requires constant stimulation in order to maintain a healthy level of activeness. If you don’t stimulate your brain, then the cells in your brain will slowly disappear. Have you ever walked away from a task or assignment and felt like you head hurt? If so, it means that you endured a rigorous mental workout.

Approach stimulating your brain like you approach staying in shape. It’s important to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, right? After all, exercise helps keep your body in shape. Well, the same thing goes for your brain. So, what can you do to give yourself a mental workout? The simple answer is: play chess. Research has shown that playing chess requires you brain to use both its right and left hemispheres. Thus, both sides of your brain are getting its daily workout when you play chess. This will ultimately help you be able to recognize objects better, which is relevant to the left hemisphere, and recognize patterns, which is relevant to the right hemisphere.

Better Attention

Nowadays, it seems like everyone has trouble focusing and concentrating during their daily tasks. Instead of going to the doctor and taking a pill to help you concentrate, try an easier and healthier method: playing chess. Since chess requires adequate planning and strategy, it ultimately requires you to focus your attention on the game. When you play chess for a long time, your brain develops a habit of being able to attentively focus on a subject immediately. Thus, you can say goodbye to the days where you procrastinate and daydream instead of being productive.

Ability to Strategically Think

One of the common things known about chess is that it requires a lot of strategy. In other words, players have to take educational actions and create an overall in-depth plan that will help them conquer their opponent. While having phenomenal strategic thinking skills can seem intimidating and near impossible, the good thing is no one is born with fantastic strategical thinking skills. In order to master strategical thinking, you have to work out your brain and learn a variety of techniques for a long time. Since you will get better at playing chess over time, you will also develop better strategic thinking skills. Eventually these skills will help you create a better daily task list, and ultimately help you become more productive in your everyday life.

Increased Cognitive Abilities

Many people don’t know that cognitive ability ultimately influences how well we excel at things, and our basic functions. Cognitive ability includes everything that has to do with language, processing, perception, and motor skills. When you play chess, every factor that contributes to your overall cognitive ability is being used. Over time, these factors will improve the quality of your overall cognitive ability, which will help you excel in other areas of your life.

Better Memory

If you feel like you’re constantly forgetting small things throughout your day, then you should try playing chess. Although every chess game is different, the same tactics and strategies are typically used by good players. Over time, your brain will remember these specific tactics and strategies, and it will almost feel as if you’re subconsciously using those strategies when you do. Thus, your memory is expanding and improving as you play chess. Chess has played such a strong role in benefiting people’s memories that there is extensive research that proves chess helps prevent and lessen the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

Choosing The Best Gun Scope for You

Hello, hunting friends!

 

Today, I should like to talk about how I suggest to find your own best scope for your hunting weapon. Gun scopes are an essential part of your arsenal, and they are an important companion that I believe should help you get the most out of each firearm. Many people who arrive at the hunting club for the first time are frustrated because their scopes aren’t appropriate for their rifle, and it can be very disappointing for them when I tell them they shall have to go out and spend even more money.

So, for all hunters who read this blog, I have decided to write my own little blog to choosing the best gun scope for you and your rifle. It will include all my favorite brands to buy from and the important things you need to know to find the one that is best for your weapon.

 

First, you must start with buying scopes from the best brands. There are many people making scopes today, and most of them are not worth your time. They are toy spy glasses, which cannot give you more than an approximation of long range vision. The reason is very simple. It does not matter how many features or specifications a scope has if the glass is not of the highest quality. That is why you must stick with the great companies that are constantly developing superior optical materials, and have led the market with patents.

 

My two brands that I recommend to you are Nikon and Leopold. I personally equip all of my rifles with Leupold scopes, because I think they are the very best. They are an American company that is still made in America, and they regularly win the best scope awards for anyone who does not want to spend thousands of dollars for something like a Swarovski scope which is to me a rich man’s toy. Leupold scopes are very, very clear with lots of power and they never ever fog up. They are also built to last for life. I have been shooting with many of my Leupold scopes for decades now. I also recommend Nikon scopes as I think they are a very respectable alternative to those who may be new to hunting or less affluent and cannot afford Leupold scopes. Nikon scopes are not the best in the market today but they are very sturdy and to anyone but the most expert hunter, their imperfections are not significant. They are also a very good presence on the market because they force brands like Leupold to compete at lower prices. Either maker is a good choice for your rifle, but if you are experienced I would recommend to you a Leupold for the best rifle scopes.

 

Once you have chosen a brand, you need to choose between fixed and adjustable magnification scopes. Fixed magnification scopes are like a spyglass, which means that they will magnify to a certain range of distance perfectly. They are my choice for my rimfire rifles and muzzleloaders. They are not so good for long-range weapons. I use adjustable magnification scopes for longer ranges because it is important to be able to fine tune at longer distances where a slight mismatch will make you miss your target.

 

Here is a word to the wise, as they say. If you are trying to save money, you should make sure you spend it where it counts, on very good glass rather than a very adjustable power range or extra features. At the club we have a saying, focus on glass before gimmicks. This is why I will suggest that someone who does not want to spend money should get a simple but perfect fixed range scope than a variable one of the same price that does not have the same clarity or accuracy.

 

Once you have chosen a brand and a type of scope, you must choose a magnification power level, which is measured by a specification such as 3-9x40mm. The first two numbers refer to the magnification power of the glass. The higher the number the further you may shoot with precision. You must be sure to choose something that is appropriate for the range of the weapon you are shooting.

The second number in a scope specification refers to the size of the objective lens, which lets the sunlight into the image. The bigger the objective lens and the bigger image you will see with more light and clarity. So I suggest buying as big a scope as you can comfortably fit on your rifle.

 

Finally, you must think about your shooting style as you choose between the models in your power class. The rest of the features you want will depend on how you hunt. You must choose a reticle or target style as well as the kind of adjustment knobs on the scope itself. I like locking, flat knobs to make sure that I do not knock my settings out of place in the woods but I also know many more technical hunters who like to always make little adjustments so they do not like locks. You must choose what you prefer.

 

I also will make a final suggestion that you buy your scopes with lifelong warranties so that you never have to buy another piece of equipment as long as you are hunting. If you buy from Leupold or Nikon you will not need to worry because they both provide lifelong warranties.

 

Well, that is all for today. I hope this blog has been helpful to you. Let me know if you have any more specific questions about scopes. I am always happy to give my opinions.

 

Things to Know About My City, Montpellier

In the south west of France, close to the famed Azure Coast lies the historical city of Montpellier – one of the largest French cities on the Mediterranean coast after Marseilles and Nice. Over the years, this beautiful city has becoming an amazing combination of a peaceful seaside haven and a growing tourist cum educational hub. Over the last couple of decades, with a growing population and a burgeoning economy, Montpellier has slowly turned into the fastest growing city across all of France. Yet it proudly retains its medieval past, its culture and roots that makes this French destination so unique and different in this part of the country.

 

Where it all began: The history of Montpellier

Unlike most other French cities (or even Italian cities in its vicinity), Montpellier had neither a Greek nor a Roman legacy. The earliest recorded mention of this city dates back to as early as the 10th century A.D. when Montpellier was apparently founded by the Guilhem – a local dynasty which combined the adjoining villages and made a proper fortification to lay the foundations of this city. However, it was only in the 12th century when this city rose to prominence, as yet another trading jewel on the rich and prosperous coasts of the Mediterranean, facilitating trade among three mighty continents. The city thrived as a multi-cultural melting pot with Jews, Muslims, Cathars and later on, Christians huddled together united by the riches of commerce. It further rose in prominence under the Kings of Aragon in the 13th century, when it became the spice capital of France, which contributed heavily to its coffers and helped the city create an amazing architecture, the remnants of which continues to woo historians even to this day. Montpellier continued to be the jewel of the French lands until the late 15th century when it was replaced by a more centrally located Marseilles as the trading mecca of the Mediterranean, sadly leading to its commercial decline.

 

Why to visit Montpellier

Today, Montpellier is one of the most cosmopolitan cities of France with a vibrant city life and a very young population (thanks to its student populace). Its rich history from medieval times ensures that there is no dearth of sight-seeing, while enjoying the vibrancy of a buzzing city replete with state of the art hotels, malls, shopping centres and restaurants – all conforming to the world famous French styles and regalia.

There are loads of medieval remnants in the guise of stone arches, towers, cathedrals and gardens. The Ecusson or the Old Town is a must visit, with its twisted streets still laced in old time history, Then there’s the famous esplanade of Montpellier (La promenade) with iconic statues and chateaus, not to forget its Botanical gardens, famed to be the oldest in the country. The Arc de Triomphe – the triumphal arch, and la Tour de la Babote (an observatory tower) are other places that demand a visit.

It is worthwhile to take a few days, if not weeks, in this balmy weather-laced beautiful city, reminiscent of the medieval times, yet so vibrantly alive. Together with its unforgettable vineyards, wine and food, not to forget the Mediterranean breeze, Montpellier is sure to charm you in the most pleasant of ways.