Benefits of Playing Chess with Your Kids

Chess is a reasonably long and involved game that requires patience, focus and lateral thinking. The benefit of learning chess at an early age is capturing these skills in the early stages of the brains development. Surprisingly, kids love playing this game as they can relate to the 3-dimensional characters that bring greater understanding of what they are trying to achieve. All the while, the brain is being exercised and skills are being developed.

Chess is a game that uses both parts of your brain. As we get older, we use one side of our brain more than the other. This means the other side of the brain becomes inactive. The more we use both sides of the brain, the more we function at higher capacity. We remain sharper and can increase our memory. Chess is a game that presents an opportunity for parents to get involved; it helps to get children learning without the constant pressure of homework and brings you closer to your kids in a fun and enjoyable way. When you're involved in learning through games, it takes the pressure off from the teaching aspect, adds an opportunity to bondwith your children and makes a better learning experience for all.

A study in 1991 looked at the reading performance in primary schools of a particular district that was below the national average. They made a comparison between children who played chess versus children that didn't play chess. The study showed that the children who played chess performed above the national average for reading skills, and those that didn’t play chess performed below the national average. The study concludesthat the chess enhances greater brain activity, which benefits learning overall.

Chess is one of the most strategic and a creative game that has been assisting people for many decades. The skills that are obtained by learning and playing this game are endless and one that will enhance your lifelong learning, lateral thinking and brain strength overall.

1. Chess helps you Concentrate

It's a reasonably long and involved game. My kids love it so much, they get so into it. You can see the gears clicking and the cogs turning. The brain is being exercised.

2. Chess Develops Problems Solving Skills

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 opponent's 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!

3. Chess Improves Your Memory

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.

4. Playing Chess Uses both sides of Your Brain

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.

5. Playing Chess Can Raise Your IQ.

6. Chess Teaches Planning and Foresight
7. Chess Helps with Strategic Thinking
8. Chess Improves Your Attention Span

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.

9. Chess Improves Reading Skills

A study in 1991 looked at reading performance in primary 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.

10. Chess Increases Creativity.

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-related benefits of playing chess is that they 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. And (whispers quietly) yep, it's great for your kids, but it's also great for you!


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