Chess and Brain

by JL on Mars 31, 2014 - 9:56am

    The article “10 big brain benefits of playing chess” by an anonymous person, published on April 02, 2014, explains that learning chess is a big benefit for everyone, no matter the age. According to this article, chess can raise people’s IQ, increase creativity and increase memory.  A two-year study took place in 1985 and the results were that students that played chess has in average better grade than those who never played chess. Furthermore, chess can improve problem-solving skills, reading skills, concentration and planning as well as teach foresight. A game of chess makes a player think, plan, read the opponents’ move and find the best move. Those actions exercises both side of the brain and improve a lot of daily basis skills.

     I believe too many people doesn’t have access to chess classes, most schools doesn’t offer the opportunity to learn chess. Even if they are, it’s only at lunch time. Hence, students prefer to play with their fiends during lunch instead of learning chess. Learning chess should be an opportunity to everyone since it brings so many benefits to anyone who plays it. I encourage parents to teach their children chess and let them develop their brain while playing it. 

    This is one of the reason I am planning to teach kids chess as a volunteer for my final project in my News Activist Class. I really believe chess helps a lot in school related skills and should be taught to everyone. However, we can’t force people to learn something they dislike. For me, chess is an amusing and interesting game and I would like more people to have the opportunity to learn it and play it. 

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