Interesting collection of insightful articles relating to chess and life.
Chess. It is a game that I’ve played since I was four years old. I learned it at my school in Pre-K. I’m sure it wasn’t my choice, but my parents’, to sign me up for chess. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the game and continued to learn and develop my skills in chess. Today, I still play the game of chess, but now it’s my choice.
So, why did I pursue the game for so long anyway? Well, for one of the more obvious reasons, my parents thought it felicitous for enhancing my learning in school. Another reason was more for my development of competition. Whenever I would compete when I was young, I would win some games. Other games I wouldn’t. Playing a lot of competitive chess in my youth taught me how competitions were; winners and learners. The loser didn’t necessarily just have to lose the game, they could learn from it. That’s how I learned the common concept of learning from your mistakes. Another more personal reason I love to play chess is one that recently dawned upon me; one that has emerged from my life struggles since the fourth grade. Chess provides me with a kind of solace from everything else around me. Whenever I have had a bad day, or if anything unfortunate or idiosyncratic happens, I always have chess to run to for taking things off my mind. Sometimes in this past year, whenever I had a load of homework, I would take a break and fire up chess.com, just to keep my hot head level. It really does help, even in the worst of times.
I can’t really tell, but chess is supposed to increase brainpower and help you do better academically. I don’t know if I can credit chess with all my good grades in school, but something does seem fishy there. Scientifically, chess promotes brain growth, exercises both sides of the brain, raises your IQ, increases brain-solving skills, sparks creativity, improves reading skills, optimizes memory improvement, and teaches planning and foresight. Not sure about you, but that’s quite remarkable for a simple game! For me, I can say that it has definitely helped with my patience and concentration. I can play games of up to five hours without losing concentration. My record for the amount of time thinking on one move in a tournament is 61 minutes. I still can’t contemplate how I did it, an hour of my brain whizzing around, going through umpteen calculations. Even in school, I find it much easier than other students to focus on my work, even though I can sometimes get off-task. But I give that credit to my friends :).
Basically, chess is a brilliant game that can be played at international competitive levels, or simply as a hobby to pass time. No matter what the reason for playing, you can guarantee that you will benefit from the game in some way, whether it be a slight improvement in mental skills, or just having a good time.