“These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out there playing chess.” –Kobe Bryant
- Chess is a great way to engage others in a social and educational way, yet in a non-threatening way when the battle begins.
- Chess requires a strong work ethic to improve, but is actually a simple game to learn and begin playing.
- Forcing the the mind to focus is one of the greatest benefits to playing chess. Chess allows those who play this game to analyze and better understand their decision-making. Each game takes on a life of its own because there are so many possibilities.
- Although planning ahead is important, chess allows each player to live in the moment to realize the situation at hand. Many players consider this a therapeutic aspect to the game because the mind is not able to do this in everyday life.
- Playing chess provides a creative outlet for solving problems, and promotes inter-generational play unique to chess.
- The more a player understands this game, the more entertaining it becomes. Yes, it’s fun to self-reflect.
- Health reasons for playing chess are numerous; notably the delay of brain disease such as Alzheimer’s as well as rehabilitation due to brain injury.