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.
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.
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.