Intelligence is a very important commodity in our current age. Reliance on physical strength and agility is no longer a requirement for survival and accomplishment.
In the past, a lot of value was placed on physical strength and agility, making sports competition a highly regarded endeavor. Today, sports still carry a high level of interest and many sports figures are considered heroes to their adoring fans. Encouraged by parents, many children today still aspire to achieve or even surpass the accomplishments of their favorite sports figures.
Today, sports that require physical agility are beginning to lose favor. For example, why is it important to be able to accurately throw and catch a fast-moving baseball when the days of hurling a stone at a moving creature for food are long gone?
These days, people accomplish important tasks by simply pushing a few buttons and letting machines to the work for them. Generally, academic success is more important and results in a higher place in society, both economically and socially.
Despite the importance of mental abilities these days, chess is still not thought of as an important activity. Nevertheless, chess is becoming more popular. There are some schools that include chess in their curriculum because many studies show that playing chess has multiple benefits for children.
There are many advantages that one can gain from chess. As with playing physical sports, chess gives you a chance to meet new people and make new friends. You’ll get to meet all kinds of people from all walks of life who just happen to enjoy the game of chess.
The advantages of playing chess are not immediately seen, but many players claim that chess sharpens their analytical skills. For others, chess calms them down or increases focus and concentration.
The skills gained through chess are very important today as we face more complex situations that cannot be resolved with physical force alone. Playing chess helps to gain the understanding that problems usually have a solution, and that the solution can be achieved through logical thought and analysis.
Chess also helps to integrate the important human functions one needs to solve problems, which is to pause, think, and intelligently search for a resolution to a problem. It helps one to process problems in a rational manner, and adapt to different situations.
And chess helps you in your everyday life as it trains you to notice that your actions have consequences that will impact you and those around you. Indeed, chess can be great fun, especially for those who have a competitive spirit. After all, it is based on war.
The best part is, you don’t have to exert much physical effort at all or suffer from sprains, bruises and broken bones. You simply need to flex your mental muscles.
There is nothing better than out-smarting your opponent just by using your mind and skills. So, grab a chess set, find an opponent, and start playing some games!