Have you ever felt that playing chess is a waste of time? Are you worried that the time spent on a chess board or playing the game online can be utilized in a much more productive activity?
If your answer to both these questions is a yes and learning new things about chess doesn’t excite you anymore then this post is for you. Because in a way, you are a chess addict and there needs to be a middle ground for you to balance chess and life.
In this blog, I will explain what chess addiction is and how you can turn it into a healthy activity.
What is chess addiction?
Like any other addiction, chess addiction is the indulgence of a person in playing and studying chess to an extent that it becomes a need to experience pleasure and remove discomfort.
This kind of involvement in any activity, be it healthy or unhealthy, is not a good sign and needs to be resolved asap.
How to deal with Chess Addiction?
Like any addiction, chess addiction is a difficult thing to deal with, but with proper planning, it can be dealt with. Below are some of the tips that can be helpful in getting rid of chess addiction:
- With every game you play online, do 5 pushups (just a recommendation), and do it after every game immediately.
- Find an alternate hobby that can replace chess, it can be any other sport.
- Don’t listen to your triggers, if you are feeling a need to play chess, skip the urge to as long as you can.
- Replace chess with something else that you love to do.
- Go for a walk.
The Science behind Mental Addiction to Chess
Chess is a board game that naturally attracts a player’s attention. And it’s a fact that wherever the attention goes, the whole brain follows.
If your brain is craving for it, then it doesn’t matter if you are in a room full of people or walking down the street, your brain will constantly think about chess.
Check out this video of World Champion Magnus Carlsen talking about how often he thinks about chess:
Things like this can happen only when you love something a lot and you have dedicated a lot of brainpower to an activity for quite some time. Magnus Carlsen’s love is chess, that’s why he thinks about it most of the times.
But for him chess is also bread and butter, which unfortunately for 99% of us is not true, and we need to limit chess to a hobby and mind refresher.
As long as it doesn’t impact your behavior in a negative way or if it doesn’t make you uncomfortable not to think about chess, it’s totally fine to indulge in chess.
Negative Effects of Chess
Although there are many health benefits of playing chess. It is said that too much water can spoil the crop.
Even a healthy activity becomes unhealthy when done for an enormous amount of time. Below are some of the negative effects of too much chess:
- It’s a waste of time if prioritized on more important things in life.
- Chess is addictive and can lead to mental illness.
- There is a lot of elitism in chess.