Chess and its benefits
Written by Panagiotis Apostolatos on January 13, 2019
Despite the notion that chess is a game of intelligence, it is easy for anyone to learn its rules. Children of 4-5 years can quickly learn the basic rules and there is no real reason for parents to think that they need to be experts to play with their children. Chess is a pedagogical tool that can make every child smarter and more social. Engaging with this is beneficial, not only for mentally gifted but also for people with learning disabilities such as children with dyslexia and hyperactive children.
There are a lot of advantages, because while chess does not require special facilities and expensive equipment, it contributes in the best way to the cultivation of important spiritual characteristics and also to the development of the character of the trainee, advantages that rank chess as the top intellectual sport in the world! The first thing that chess teaches is that we should not quit trying easily. The second is that we should not make the same mistakes twice.
Chess does not require a particular age or physique. Famous world champions learned to play at the age of 4 to 6 years. The only prerequisite for chess to learn is to be able to think. Since it only requires thinking, chess is a bridge that connects people of different age, race and sex to a spiritual activity that everyone can enjoy. Whoever deals with chess learns to prepare methodically and to struggle to succeed by relying solely on his forces. Thus, it gradually becomes the joy of the struggling and creative effort.
Chess promotes general qualities such as the cultivation of moral values (determination, diligence, order, self-criticism, impartiality), social inclusion (teamwork, responsibility, knowledge transfer, experiences), and the elimination of aggression. Additionally, it enhances the development of rational thinking and creative imagination combined with a lifestyle open to cultural influences. Finally, it promotes the improvement of the memory skills, the duration of the intellectual concentration and performance of the work, and the use of methodical ways of thinking.
We would say that chess helps improving reflection and creativity. At higher levels, chess is a game of unlimited complexity and depth. But the beauty of the game is that players face challenges at almost any level. The more one plays and learns the game, the more he is absorbed by it and often it accompanies him for his whole life.
To summarize, we can say that chess suits perfectly in the practice of strategic thinking. Especially for children and adolescents, regular chess practice can lead to a visible improvement in school results.