Reasons To Make Playing Chess A Hobby

Reasons To Make Playing Chess A Hobby

Reasons To Make Playing Chess A Hobby

Faruq Mojeed-Sanni 

Chess is an acronym for Chariot (rook), Horse (knight), Elephant (bishop) and Soldiers (pawns).
According to the online Dictionary, Britannica, Chess is one of the oldest and most popular board games. It is played by two opponents on 64 Squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid with specially designed pieces of contrasting colors, commonly white and black.

Chess, as we know it today, was born out of the Indian game Chaturanga before the 600s AD. The game spread throughout Asia and Europe over the coming centuries, and eventually evolved into what we know as CHESS around the 16th century.

Chess helps to expand your creativity. It gets you Reasons To Make Playing Chess A Hobbyto think about the situation from different perspectives, as you have to consider how to attack your opponent and plan your moves to mitigate possible attacks from your opponent. As you exercise your brain on the chessboard, you’ll learn to take risks and think in new ways when you’re not playing the game.

Chess helps build self-confidence; as chess players learn more about the game and their skills grow, they develop self-confidence while away from the board. For example, when players get their first win against a tough competitor, they see that they achieve their purpose with a dint of hard work and practice. That self-confidence can be carried over into everyday situations. It’s a great esteem booster for both kids and adults alike.

Chess teaches patience; in today’s fast-paced developing world, patience is tough to learn. However, because chess involves waiting for opponents to make their moves, players are forced to learn it. There aren’t many other games that offer that skill and teach you to slow down and think things through. Players not only have to plan for their next move, but they also have to plan for more moves ahead. Rushing through a chess game is a good way to lose quickly and in life, rushing can cause a lot of damage to your plan.

Chess trains you to be a better planner in life; the ability to plan a chess game and make changes based on opponent choices help chess players become better planners outside of the game. Because chess involves silent thought, players learn to predict, adapt, and respond. They do it quietly and without falling apart emotionally. In essence, Chess makes the player a walking psychologist – mind read.

Playing chess offers several benefits that help people better their lives in and out of the game. It can help people recover from health problems, and it helps people manage their mental health. Whether you’re a casual player or a competitor, use these benefits as motivation to start playing chess every day. You might be surprised by the physical and mental changes you will start to experience.

Faruq Mojeed-Sanni
Founder/Chief Instructor
Ikorodu Chess Club (follow on Facebook page)


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