5 Health Benefits Of Chess

Chess is a classic board game that has been around for ages. With the advent of so many board games and the rising number of screens these days, chess has been played less by the younger generation. This does not stop some kids from learning at a young age. Chess is considered to be one of the best sports out there that exercises your brain. Kids especially can benefit a lot from Chess. Here are a few that will make you see this classic game in a new light.

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1. Promotes Brain Growth

Chess is an amazing way to let your brain be trained and grow. Literal growth happens because of Chess. Dendrites of the brain that are tree-like branches that conduct signals from other neural cells into the neurons they are attached to. So learning chess, at a young age, causes those dendrites to grow, without stopping.

2. It Exercises Both Sides Of The Brain

Studies show that when chess experts are given chess position and geometric shapes to identify, not only the players’ left brain is active, but surprisingly the right hemisphere of the brain is equally as active.  When your kid learns the rules and techniques while playing chess, it exercises and develops both sides of the brain.

3. Helps To Prevent Alzheimer’s

Chess is a game which continually works your brain. Like a muscle, the brain needs to stay fit, regularly exercise and avoid injury. Medical studies show that playing chess decreases the risk of dementia, as well as prevents its symptoms because playing chess develops brain functioning. This in turn greatly reduces the risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s.

4. Raises IQ Level

Chess is, definitely, the game which will raise your kid’s IQ and it’s not a surprise. Do smart people play chess, or does chess make people smart? However you may choose to answer that question, many studies show that chess can increase a child's IQ if played regularly.

5. Improves The Memory Of Your Child

Good chess players have exceptional memory performance and recall. While playing chess you should remember your opponents move, remember which positions can help him/her in that situation. Just remembering most of the openings and all the tips and tricks are enough to improve your kid’s memory.

Even with the lack of fame and knowledge in youngsters like other games. Chess is still a healthy sport encouraged in kids thanks to some parents who remember the good old days. Or by those who still tell the tales of chess played by the greats like Kasparov, Karpov or Vishy Anand, etc. We also have this generation’s talents like Magnus Carlsen. Chess will always be a great sport you can encourage your child to take up, just for the fun of it or to see him/her be the next champion. Let them choose how they want to play this great game.

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