It’s a reasonably long and involved game. My kids love it so much, they get so involved. You can see the gears whirring, the clogs ticking. The brain being exercised.
What happens if you put your pawn there? Is mummy likely to take it with her queen? How do you get to your ultimate goal of killing your opponents king?
I’m always surprised when I’m busy concentrating on a little pawn when suddenly my king is under attack.
My kids are good at attacking!
Just remembering how all the pieces move is enough to stretch my memory. There are heaps of other moves that you can read up on as well.
Chess is a great 3D game and exercises both parts of your brain. As we get older we focus more on one side, the left side and let our right side of the brain get lazy. The more we use both sides of the brain, the better. Brains need to be used and exercised to function at their maximum capacity.
Clever people play chess. FACT.
To start with, it’s enough to work out how each piece moves. After a few games, your kids will be planning their grand attack strategy. They’ll also start to think about whether their pieces are going to come under attack when they move them into a new place.
As they progress, they’ll start to see that for each move there are several possible things that they COULD do. But they’re only allowed to make one move. So they’ll start to think through the possible out comes of each move and decide which strategy is best.
When you’re involved and enjoying something, you’re more likely to concentrate for longer. Do that frequently and you’ll soon improve your attention span.
And the attention span of your kids.
A study in 1991 looked at reading performance in elementary schools and compared it with children who didn’t play chess. The kids who played chess were above the national average for reading skills (and they were from a district that overall was below the national average.) I’m sure it’s just to do with getting all those bits of your brain working.
Creativity is linked with the right side of your brain. Chess helps your children to come up with original, creative thoughts.
See? All those benefits just from playing a game.
The best part of all these brain-inducing benefits of playing chess is that they just come naturally. You just play chess and have fun. You don’t need to worry about the benefits, it’s not like sitting down to study a book.
Article found on snotty-noses.com/blog/chess-children
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