How chess affects the human brain: 5 reasons to love the game

Posted on Aug 4, 2022      70

In many schools, chess has become a compulsory subject for junior high school students. But why do we need such innovations? Does chess really make a child smarter and have a positive effect on his grades?

Chess improves memory

Chess players have to memorize many combinations of moves and they're likely outcomes, so they have an excellent memory.

Iranian and American scientists note that chess players have especially well developed auditory and visual memory.

A powerful memory helps one to easily assimilate a lot of information. This has a positive effect both on a child’s learning activity and on his or her career as an adult.

Chess raises the level of intellect

During the game, the chess player faces new challenges, reasoning and taking the best, in his opinion, decision. These actions contribute to an increase in IQ, even if the move was not the most successful, but the player realized his mistake.

Intelligence is a person’s thinking ability to overcome difficulties in new situations (definition from the Concise Explanatory Dictionary of Psychology and Psychiatry).

Researchers from Venezuela conducted an experiment involving over 4,000 second-grade students. The second graders were taught the game of chess for 4.5 months. As a result, it was found that most students’ IQ scores increased.

Chess develops creativity

A chess player can’t always rely on memorized combinations, he has to adjust to the situation and come up with something new. And the more original the move, the more difficult it is for the opponent to come up with something in response. That’s how creativity is born on the chessboard.

Indian scientists tested how a year of chess instruction would affect creativity. They conducted an experiment with two groups. According to the results of the tests, the group that played chess was more creative.

Chess develops empathy.

Michel Borba, a doctor of pedagogical sciences and psychologist, believes that chess develops the cognitive part of empathy in a child. This ability allows you to understand what other people are thinking and why they think that way.

To win, a chess player must expect his opponent’s next moves. This is when cognitive empathy develops. It helps build healthy social relationships, because one understands what the other person is thinking, what he or she is feeling, and to imagine his or her thought process.

Chess teaches you to focus on a problem.

How often do you or your child get distracted from important work? Products of the modern world steal our attention and concentration. Chess helps fix that.

The director of the Perspectiva Research Institute in London believes that chess is a great tool for developing the ability to concentrate.

The thing about chess is that it’s not enough to concentrate for a minute; players concentrate on the game for several hours at a time. Such training further helps to quickly focus on any problem and solve it effectively.

Even if there’s no such thing as winning a chess championship in your plans, the ability to concentrate comes in handy in all areas of life. Especially in your career. That’s why many people in business love to play chess.

Bottom line

Are you still wondering if you should learn to play chess? Definitely worth it, chess will not only have a positive impact on the brain but also help to have fun.

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