Chess demands and develops a large number of positive characteristics. Who mainly thinks of calculating skills and concentration, underestimated the impact of chess on our personal abilities and character. Today, Chessimo reports about numerous advantages and ‘secondary virtues’ that come with our favorite of sports.
Chess Players are more successful in school and their professional career
We improve our key qualifications. Model experiments show that students who play chess overcome communication barriers among themselves quickly and outsiders manage to enhance their social interactions to outgrow isolation. Furthermore, we train our abilities such as assertiveness, patience, our competence to judge and to make decisions.
Chess players increase their social intelligence
Especially people who are socially troubled and don’t manage to integrate have made great progress through checkmate. This is proven by studies performed in jails, with drug addicts, and highly gifted, hyperactive, or autistic children.
Chess players enhance their cognitive capabilities
Through playing chess, enormous increases in performance concerning reading and listening comprehension, imagination, and mathematics were scientifically recognized.
Chess players like to develop their own personalities
We are eager to learn, practice, and improve our skills continuously. A rolling stone gathers no moss!
Chess players can bear success and failure
There are no elements of chance in this game – all outcomes can be led back to our own abilities and actions. After every game we analyze our mistakes and practice self-criticism and problem solving.
Chess players are more imaginative
We are constantly inspired to think for ourselves, as there is never the one ‘right’ move for a particular challenge. We train, amongst other things, spatial reception and become creative when it comes to surprising the opponent.
Chess players tend to be proactive
We practice our skill to recognize patterns and evaluate every move in terms of consequences and possible reactions of our opponent. Therefore, we develop our logical and methodical thinking capabilities, as well as the art of predicting.
Chess player are persistent
We learn to keep up concentration over a long period of time. What other sport makes you focus for six hours in high concentration?!
Chess players stay mentally young
We delay cognitive decline in old age. Doctors in New York found out that chess helps prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia disorders much more effectively than all other physical exercise. Our mind is excellently trained in the long run.
Chess player have strong self-esteem
We are lucky to enjoy ‘intellectual prestige’ through our sport. Especially students who started to play chess have been able to clearly enhance their self-esteem. People with little self-esteem tend to downgrade their own success by owing it to luck or chance. These excuses are invalid in chess. They are rewarded with recognition and approval that may have been denied to them previously.
written by Sarah, translated by Birthe