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The Mental Benefits of Chess

By jeff • 7 days ago • 2136 views • 814 comments
The Mental Benefits of Chess

Chess is often thought of as a cerebral game for intellectuals, but new research has shown that you don’t need to be a genius to start playing chess. In fact, just the act of regularly playing chess can actually make you smarter! So, it’s possible that high level chess players didn’t start out as intelligent as they are today, but it was actually the practice of playing chess regularly that helped them increase their IQs, among other things. There are actually several different types of mental benefits that come from playing chess, so if you want to improve overall cognitive function, it’s time that we all break out our chess set.

Playing Chess Can Increase Your IQ

That’s right, playing chess can actually increase your intelligence in a measurable way, as evidenced by increased IQ scores in chess players. The most surprising part is that it only takes as little as 4 months to see a positive effect! It’s amazing to think that in such a short time you could actually be improving your brain’s capacity through something so simple as playing regular games of chess, but it’s true!

It Gives Your Problem Solving Skills a Workout

Chess is a game all about solving a series of increasingly complicated problems and puzzles, so it should come as no surprise to know that it works your problem solving skills as you play. What is surprising is that your problem solving skills seem to work a bit like a physical muscle, in that the more they are worked, the stronger they get. Yes, people are getting a workout sitting down at chess table across the country! The foresight and constant planning and replanning required in a typical game of chess give these skills an intense workout that builds up over time and helps you become better and better at solving complex problems.

Chess Can Help Keep Your Brain Healthy

There is a lot that we don’t yet know about mental health and degenerative brain diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s, but what we do know is that chess can help keep your brain healthy longer. Regular “exercise” of your brain with a thought provoking game like chess can prevent degenerative brain diseases from taking root. It’s also been found that patients with schizophrenia show improvement in their condition and reduced symptoms when they play a daily game of chess. Just one game per day increased their ability to focus their attention, plan, and reason logically. That’s amazing!

It Also Helps You Focus and Maintain Concentration

Chess games are well known for their longevity and the way that they can sometimes last hours and hours on end. During such a long game, you need to keep focused on your goals so that you don’t overlook a detail and make a costly mistake. At the same time, games sometime come down to the wire, when the clock is ticking and you need to make the right decision, fast. At times like these, it helps to bring all of your concentration to bear on the task at hand, rather than being distracted by other things. Matches played with chess clocks can be some of the most strenuous for your mind, offering the best benefits. These are skills that chess hones in its players that can be widely applied in all other areas of life.

Chess Contributes to Improved Memory

As all serious players know, the game of chess involves a lot of memorization, particularly when you are first starting to learn it. Not only do you have to remember the rules of the game and how each chess piece moves, but you’ll need to know at least a few of the most common openings, middle games, traps, and end games by heart. You’ll need to be able to employ them yourself as well as recognize them when your opponent starts to use them against you, which requires a high level of memorization. On top of all that, you’ll also want to remember which moves work best against each of these play styles! All of these things quickly add up into a memorization nightmare, but luckily for beginner chess players everywhere, the simple act of playing the game can help expand and improve one’s memory. That’s a big plus!

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    Thanks for sharing this information about chess

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    Yeah it really helps 

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    Thank you for sharing

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    It activates the mind

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Wow

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    following 

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    I really love chess thanks for sharing this post about its benefits i want to know how to play it very well this is helpful for starting

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    its a good board game

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    Good

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    Thanks for the update

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    Most people who are good at chess are good at math too. 

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    This is nice mental health

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    Ok noted

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Thanks for sharing, it will really help  in fact I ll start playing chessboard

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    I dont see anything exciting about chess but I will give it a try

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    I love chess very much it helps me thinking outside the box

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    Informative

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    Thank you so much for sharing this with me and I'm looking forward to be updated more on day to day updates.

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    Thanks alot fr the informatiion 

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    This is so true

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    Wow 

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    I love chess and its mental benefits, thank you for sharing

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    Thanks for the update

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Am still trying to learn how to play the game of chess 

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    Interesting

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    This is really awesome,  I didn't know that chess has mental health bene

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    Good to know

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    Chess is mind blowing still learning

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    I love chess this info is so true and helpful to those interested in starting to play chess

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    noted

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    Thanks for telling us the benefits of playing chess.

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    Thanks for sharing this information 

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    Chess is good 

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    I think I have to give chess a try😂

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    I love playing chess very much..and when I play it I feel so relieved...and its true chess helps improve concentration...also contributes to improved memory

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    Not only do you have to remember the rules of the game and how each chess piece moves, but you’ll need to know at least a few of the most common openings, middle games, traps, and end games by heart

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    Chess is awesome all those benefits and thank you for sharing this information very interesting and informative

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    The benefits of this are just way too good. Therefore i think everyone should atleast strive for something like this, which is good.

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    I better learn how to play this game.. Thanks

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    Learning

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    Thank you for the update continue keeping us updated 

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    quiet astonishinng to get such information,thank you guys for this information

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    Wow thanks for sharing this information. It's something new to me. That chess has mental benefits

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    And it's a very fun game

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    Good to know 

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    Wish I could play 

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Wow nice, increasing IQ

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    That's interesting

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    So intriguing 

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    i will start playing it more

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    Wow never knew chase does this 

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    Cool 

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Yes, Chess definitely gives you problem solving skills and also helps you think and process information quickly 

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    the mind game 

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    This is interesting thanks for sharing
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    Wow

    Am addicted and in love with this game

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    what

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    Chess can really improve your mental abilities

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    Wow this is so wonderful and profound

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    Chess makes people to think fast it helps that I like it I can play the while day 

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    Chess is for smart people. I tried to learn but I failed

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    Chess is a very nice game which helps someone to improve the memory because it requires critical thinking skills

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    That’s right, playing chess can actually increase your intelligence in a measurable way, as evidenced by increased IQ scores in chess players. 

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    Thank you for sharing with us all, we so much appreciate your effort and time you spent to help us know more about the things we don't know in this world

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    Thank you for sharing 

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    Chess is an awesome game , one of my favorites brings discipline and focus ,to mind very interesting fact

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    Wow this is good,good benefits there though I don't have interest in playing chess

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