Long Term Benefits of Playing Chess
Chess is still called the game of kings and it is true to that statement since the time of kings. Chess was definitely relished by kings. It was designed to increase the tactical capabilities of the rulers and increase IQ, which was important in the actual battlefields. Similarly today, chess is proven to instill a lot of psychological and intellectual benefits. In Armenia and Russia, chess classes for kids are mandatory in every public schooling system. Kids growing up with the guidance of a chess coach have shown increased IQ and ability to solve mathematical problems with ease. This might be the reason why the most popular names in chess, like Levon Aronian and Mikhail Botnovik, hail from Armenia and Russia.
Parents are always concerned about the mental growth of their children. They want their kid to be able to process problems in their life with mental agility and wit. For all the worried Moms and Dads, it is advisable to promote their kids with chess, in SMCA’s chess coaching center. It will have the following effects on the mental health of your child:
1. Chess Prevents Alzheimer’s
This would probably be the most important benefit of playing professional chess. During a chess game, or any other intelligence demanding puzzle activity, the brain acts like a muscle. As the most important part of our body, the brain needs to be kept in prime condition. Exercising the brain is crucial to prevent its degeneration with age. A study in the New England Medical Journal suggests, that playing chess can be a way of preventing dementia and its symptoms. In turn, chess prevents Alzheimer’s and keeps the brain from developing anxiety or depression.
2. Chess Grows Dendrites
The brain works on cells called dendrites that conduct brain-waves from neural cells to other neurons in the brain, thus facilitating brain activity. Learning chess causes these brain cells or dendrites to grow rapidly by adapting the neurons to tremendous brain activity. Especially, children learning chess from a young age can benefit in the long run by increasing their brain capacity and catalyzing mental growth. The more indulgence a child gets in the game of chess, the dendrites grow further into the brain, improving critical thinking abilities. The result is clarified by the child’s constant growth in rapid decision making during a chess game.
3. Chess Increases IQ
The most intelligent people are chess champions. It is no surprise that chess can increase IQ. In a study conducted on 4000 Venezuelan boys and girls, almost every kid showed increased IQ scores in just 4 months of chess training. Chess includes complex puzzle-solving within a limited amount of time. The puzzles require the students to think creatively and stay mentally vigilant. Various Grand Masters have left their mark on chess players by proving their heightened sense of intuition. The same intuition that has led them to victories by visualizing the game, more than 10 moves ahead of their opponent.
4. Chess Improves Memory
Chess is a game of spatiality. It means that in chess, a person has to record every move of their own as well as their opponent. The moves, opening schemes, and chessboard regulations are supposed to be learned by every player. It requires the kids to memorize all the possible patterns they can use against their opponents. When a child is faced to be a plausible situation, he/she must remember the moves and patterns on a specific area of the board. These memorized defense move patterns are complex enough to adapt to the brain. It means, that learning chess gradually increases the memory and recording capacity of your kid’s brain.
Chess classes are a great way of increasing mental capacity for kids. For all the parents out there who wish to make sure that their kid is not left behind in the chess-like lifestyle of today’s world, our chess coach at SMCA’s chess coaching center can help your kid grow both mentally and professionally.