Many kids play video games that are addictive in a negative way. Some of the downsides to video game playing are the intense need for instant gratification, playing non-stop for hours taking away time for connecting with others, addiction withdrawal symptoms when asked to cut down or stop their playing-mood swings and agitation increase. Chess is one of many great alternatives to video games.
Chess is a game played between two opponents on opposite sides of a board containing 64 squares of alternating colors. Each player has 16 pieces: 1 king, 1 queen, 2 rooks, 2 bishops, 2 knights, and 8 pawns. The goal of the game is to checkmate the other king. Checkmate happens when the king is in a position to be captured (in check) and cannot escape from capture. Every game of chess has its own story.
“As Chess, greatly aid in developing the muscles of the brain because they involve different areas of the brain and engaging in these board games directly contributes towards the sharpening of the brain.”
Aim of the game:
The aim of the game is to use your army to capture the enemy king. The winner is the player who can out-think his or her opponent, and make the best plans for attack and defense.
There is a White army and a Black army. Both armies have the same pieces. These are:
- Playing the game of Chess on a regular basis right from the childhood improves the learning, thinking, analytical power, and decision-making ability of the child.
- Chess makes the child learn how to strategize aspects of the game and life. In addition, a child can also learn the importance of foresight, and planning.
- Playing the game of Chess on a regular basis right from the childhood teaches the importance of being disciplined in life.
- Practicing Chess regularly also aids in improving the self-confidence of the child, which is extremely essential for the child’s growth.
- In the game of chess, a child learns to do a thorough analysis, research, and assessment of the situation before making any decision. Such an exercise provides mental clarity to the child. Mental clarity and mental dexterity is required for solving problems, analyze consequences, and formulate future tactics.
- Children playing chess from an early age exhibit extraordinary memory skills.
- Chess also helps in improving concentration and academic performance of the child.
- A developing long term memory will enable a child to remember pre-match preparation and the principles that guide strategic thinking.
“Move in silence only speaks, When it’s time to say Checkmate”