Have you ever tried solving a pawn break or triangulation tactic in your sleep? Does learning new things about chess excite you a lot? Are you thinking in the back of your mind that all this chess thing is a waste of time and is actually turning you into a chess addict?
Well, dreaming about chess is absolutely fine. But questions other than that are surely alarming because they sound more like gut feelings.
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 good and recommended to be cured by medical professionals.
How to deal with Chess 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:
- reduce the amount of time you play chess every day
- don’t listen to your triggers
- replace chess with something else that you love to do
- if it is getting out of control, 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 your thing. Take it that way, don’t you love your newborn child and think about him all the time? Or if you are in some research or a computer programmer and you really love your work, it’s impossible to stop the brain from thinking about things you love.
Magnus Carlsen’s love is chess and that’s what he thinks about most of the time.
As long as it doesn’t impact your behaviour in a negative way or if it doesn’t make you uncomfortable not to think about chess, it’s totally fine to think about 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
- chess can lead to arrogance and superiority complex