Back in the 1950’s and 1960’s chess broke onto the scene. Today, it is still a popular game choice among the young and old alike. Chess may not help you build your muscles or tone your physique, but it can help improve your mental dexterity. Below are 10 reasons you should have chess in your game closet.
1.) Brain Growth
Playing chess promotes brain growth. Games like chess challenge your mind, which stimulates growth and development. The more you play chess the more you will notice your mind operating better and faster overtime.
2.) Exercises Your Left & Right Brain
A German study found that chess engages both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. This is important because, according to neuroscientists, your brain works best when the two sides are engaged at the same time.
3.) Raises your iq
Do smart people play chess or does playing chess make people smarter? According to a study, playing chess can raise a person’s IQ. So if you want to achieve a greater intellect, grab a chess board.
4.) Helps Prevent Alzheimer’s
As you age, it becomes more and more important that you keep your brain strong, flexible, and agile. Chess is one of the top ways to keep your mind fit. According to a study, people over 75 who play brain-games like chess are far less likely to develop cognitive disorders, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
5.) Sparks Your creativity
Chess can unlock your originality since it forces the right side of your brain to work (the side responsible for your creativity). In fact, a study found chess players to be more creative than those who played on the computer or engaged in other various activities.
6.) Enhances your problem-solving skills
A chess match requires quick thinking and problem-solving. It’s not shocking then that a study found chess player to score higher on the standardized tests compared to those who did not play chess.
7.) Imputes Foresight
In a chess match, you and your opponent are constantly changing course. One key skill that is particularly useful when playing chess is the capability to think ahead. Because chess demands critical, strategic, and forward-thinking skills, it helps promote the growth of your brains prefrontal cortex. A fortified prefrontal cortex can help you make better decisions in all areas of life.
8.) Improves reading skills
In a 1991 study, scientist found that students who participated in chess club had a distinct advantage in reading compared to those who did not engage in a chess program. Researchers asserted that this was due to the fact that chess requires focus and comprehension much like reading.
9.) Optimizes memory
Chess players are well aware that playing chess improves your memory, mainly because of the complex rules, complicated moves, and frequent mistakes. Good chess players have exceptional memory. So if you are the forgetful type, chess may be just what you need to boost your memory.
10.) Improves Your recovery time
Chess works to develop your motor skills. This is especially relevant for someone who is striving to recovery from a disability or debilitating accident. This type of rehabilitation requires the movement of game pieces, which can help develop and fine tune a patient’s motor skills.
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