Chess may play an important role in brain development, particularly when it is studied systematically and played regularly from a very early age. Studies conducted over the last 30 years show that playing chess:
- Helps the child make new friends through social interaction and sharing common interests.
- Offers entertainment and amusement.
- Promotes brain growth, exercises both sides of the brain, helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease, can raise the IQ, helps treat schizophrenia, speeds up recovery from stroke or disability and also improves verbal skills.
- Sparks creativity, improves memory, increases problem-solving skills and provides mental clarity.
- Improves concentration, spatial intelligence, critical thinking skills, self-confidence, and also the learning, thinking and decision-making ability of the child.
- Teaches the importance of planning and foreseeing/accepting the consequences of actions.
- May help improve performance at school.
- Improves organisational skills; encourages children to think more methodically, diligently, responsibly and decisively and also partially absorbs aggression; teaches to accept defeat and improves emotional intelligence.
- Builds team spirit
- Breaks all language and cultural barriers and attracts all ages and all sexes.
As ex-World Champion Anatoly Karpov says:
Chess is everything: art, science, and sport. For Viktor Korchnoi chess was his life and for David Bronstein chess was imagination.