Brain benefits of playing chess

  1. 4 years ago


    Sep 2 Administrator
    Edited 4 years ago by Yotta


    10 great benefits of regularly playing chess include:

    1. It can raise your IQ
    2. It helps prevent Alzheimer's
    3. It exercises both sides of the brain
    4. It increases your creativity
    5. It improves your memory
    6. It increases problem-solving skills
    7. It improves reading skills
    8. It improves concentration
    9. It grows dendrites
    10. It teaches planning and foresight

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    Would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Do you agree? Do you disagree? Do you know of any other benefits of chess?

    Besides for the "brain benefits" of chess, I find the game fun, relaxing and enjoyable.

  2. Aah, chess has had such a positive impact on me! In terms of mental performance, it's improved my memory, my concentration, my problem solving skills, and, strangely enough, my social dexterity! I accept that these improvements are influenced by many things, but I believe chess has had a remarkable impact.

    It's had a huge effect on my studies - perhaps a minor negative effect because I spend more time on chess outside of class than I do studying! But there's definitely been a huge positive effect, because it changes the way that I analyse problems (incredibly useful for an engineering course). I've found that any problem - whether it be physical, abstract or social - can be dissected in a way similar to a chess problem; there's always an optimal solution, and it's only uncovered by considering every detail of information that is available.

    Outside of academics, chess has altered the way that I view various aspects of life, in too many ways to detail. This is largely influenced by this video [1:34:50] with Garry Kasparov. He's also written a book, How Life Imitates Chess, which I'm very eager to read.

    On top of all that, it's the greatest game ever created! It's such fun, and an excellent way to meet all sorts of interesting people!

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  4. Yotta

    Sep 3 Administrator

    At what age did you start playing chess Antediluvian?

  5. I first started playing when I was around 10, but when I reached high school there was no chess club on offer, so I decided to just leave it behind. That was a really bad decision, because it was only until a year and a half ago that I thought of playing again, after seeing CC mentioned on MyGaming. But then I was immediately hooked. I left video games behind and chess became my go-to hobby.

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