5 Benefits of Playing Chess

Many people know that playing chess is good for you. However, in what ways does it help you? Does this apply to everybody?

This short article will help clear up some of those questions with five benefits of playing chess.

 

1. Effects On the Brain

This is probably one of the most obvious benefits of chess: the effects on the brain.

Playing chess can help you improve your understanding of spatial relationships as well as improve your memory and possibly IQ.

However, none of this would happen overnight. It requires a lot of effort for really big effects to take place, but if you work hard, you can achieve it!

 

2. Improve Attention Span

When a player is focused on a chess game, their attention has to be that game and only that game. If you don’t focus on the game, you will miss something and lose.

One of the biggest effects that chess has on us is that it helps improve our attention span.

This can be very helpful for those who have some problem concentrating and focusing their energy. Even if you think that you are not affected by concentration issues, chess can still help you improve your attention span even more.

3. Improve Professionalism

This effect is more clearly seen on kids rather than older people but it is present (to some extent) at all ages.

When you play chess in tournaments (and also sometimes online), you may feel an increased sense of professionalism and composure when you sit down at the board. That happened to me when I first started playing chess, and it happens to many others as well.

However, this benefit of chess comes from my experience. I haven’t seen anything else online that would support or disprove this claim: it has just been what I have noticed in my years playing chess.

4. Improve Goal-Setting Skills

Chess, especially competitive chess, can help you improve your goal-setting skills.

When you go to a tournament, who has had a goal for themselves about what rating they wanted to reach? Most of us have!

This act of aiming for a certain rating level can help us set better goals in life.

Setting small, manageable goals is a key to success (in my opinion) in almost everything that you do. When you have a new goal for a higher blitz rating, higher tactics rating, finishing a new book, or anything else that you do, you can stay motivated while doing it.

Goal-setting skills are critical when trying to improve at chess. However, these skills can also be applied to  your everyday life.

5. Improve Decision-Making

In chess, we are constantly faced with situations that require us to solve problem and decide between different things. These decision-making skills can actually transfer into the real world.

When you are faced with a difficult situation, the decision-making skills that you have created and developed while playing chess can help you decide the best course of action.

Even though this benefits young people a lot, it can also be applied to people of any age.

 

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