Thursday, August 28, 2014

Why Do We Encourage Children To Play Chess?

By Alon Calinao Dy: When it comes to fun with learning, playing chess is one of the best indoor games that teaches your children the power of thinking and brilliant strategies in order to defeat their opponents. It improves analytical capabilities to understand complex situations as you have numerous ways to checkmate your enemies. All you have to do is to have patience and think ahead to predict your opponent's plan.

An important feature that chess teaches the children is to have a goal ahead of time. In real world, people need to plan in advance for their future. For instance, ask yourself these questions: What will happen to me after 5 years? Can I achieve my goals and live out my dreams? If you are a positive person, I am sure you will.

Like playing contact sports susch as baskeball and football, chess also teaches children to accept some losses in this indoor game. Chessplayers often encounter other rivals who are better than them. That's okay. The important thing is you know your limitations and you have the willpower to learn from your past experiences and improve the game, so you can perform much better next time.

Chess masters

This is true in real life because no matter how many times you fail, life must go on and you must learn from your mistakes so that you can avoid repeating the old same mistakes all over again. This is also applicable to the game of chess whether you are novice or amateur chessplayers. There are times you feel very disappointed as you face better chess competitors. Again, that's alright. The real secret of winning chess is to learn from earlier mistakes - never quit.

There are a number of brain benefits of playing chess according to a lot of neurologists. Although there is no strong scientific evidence to support these claims, I still believe the positive effects of playing chess on children.
It has been played by humans for almost 2000 years and it is no wonder why it still exists today.

Here are several benefits of playing chess:

  • It is fun
  • It is challenging
  • It improves concentration
  • It helps problem-solving skills
  • It increases IQ level
  • It prevents Alzheimer's disease
  • It improves visual imagery
  • It speeds reading comprehension
  • It builds self-confidence
  • It teaches sportsmanship
  • It boosts self-esteem
  • It develops critical thinking 
  • It copes with frustration and boredom
  • It knows your limitations
  • It results higher grades for students
  • It increases cognitive skills
  • It values patience, hard work, and commitment
  • It releases negative or positive thoughts and feelings over your opponents
  • It supports and encourages great respect for other chessplayers
  • It improves social skills
  • It reduces anxiety level
  • It demonstrates effective planning and foresight