Benefits Of Playing Chess Daily
Chess is played by millions of people around the world, and it is the best-selling game of all time. It is commonly associated with sophistication, cleverness, and intelligence. Anyone can play chess. There’s no age restriction or particular social status; quite the contrary, some of the best chess players out there are from the lower end of the socioeconomic latter.
I’m not saying you should lose everything you have to become a chess player (although Bobby Fisher did), all I’m saying is chess is for everyone. By playing chess, you’re exercising your brain, forcing it to work cells that otherwise won’t be put to use. If you play it daily, you’ll experience a significant improvement in skills that will apply to your real-world (career, school, and day-to-day).
Here are some of the benefits you’ll get by playing chess daily.
There are endless tactics and strategies in chess, and the good players know most of them. It may seem overwhelming, and you can probably read about the different tactics variations. Still, nothing will get you better results than actually playing. Your memory will improve, and specific tactics and strategies will become like second nature to you.
Develops Logical Thinking
Top chess players always study their game, and you should do the same. By analyzing your game (whether you win or lose), you’ll be able to improve decision making and think outside the box. These are exceptional abilities to develop, especially if you’re career depends on leadership or fast decision-making. When you’re playing chess, you run into a bunch of different scenarios that require you to act accordingly, which can easily apply to the real world.
Capability to Predict and Foresee the Consequences of Actions
This is a great benefit you get from playing chess. For you to capture your opponent’s king, you have to be able to think ahead, make a plan, and react accordingly when your plan doesn’t go the way you want. This develops the ability to organize your thoughts and follow a set plan. Even better, you’ll be ready to deal with any occurrence that might force you to change your plan.
Patience and Concentration
If you are impatient, chess could be the best or the worst thing that could happen to you. Lack of patience on a game of chess will be devastating, you’ll never be able to improve your game, and you’ll end up hating chess. If you’re ready to overcome your flaws (knowing what they are will be great) and your willingness to change to improve yourself, chess will change your life forever.
Concentration is easier to develop than patience but still challenging. You have to be able to be entirely focused on the game, sometimes for an extended period. Being entirely concentrated in the game without letting your mind wander will adapt the ability to be fully focused in committed in real life.
Sacrificing for Future Benefits
Would you sacrifice your queen for checkmate in two?
Of course, you will, and that’s what chess develops in you, the ability to know that a big sacrifice now will cause in the best results later. Life’s no different than chess, and the same scenarios can apply to real life, by playing chess, you increase your chances to make the right decisions.