Before getting into the science of whether chess is good for health or not, I can say it with 100% assurance that time after time chess has kept me away from the worries of life. It’s a 64 square board game very unusual from the other board games. A player who moves the 1st piece is at an advantage but that advantage is so low that even top computers can’t guarantee a win against their opponent machines.
Chess is a rare combination of intelligence, memory, resilience, patience and a thousand other fancy words. A sport where any player can lure his opponent into a trap and gain a significant advantage to win.
Impact of Chess on Memory
Chess is a board game helpful for people of all ages and memory levels. It can be your fun off-time activity, an exercise for mind and memory and a cure to many mental issues. It is good for:
- Recovering from Brain Injury
- Dementia Issues
- & Kids brain growth
Chess as a Brain Rehabilitation Exercise
Scientifically speaking, chess is one of the recommended Brain Rehabilitation Exercises for people recovering from brain injury. It targets the 3 important features of the human brain:
- Attention & Concentration
- Problem Solving
- Memory Skills
Chess as a cure for Dementia Patients
Not only is chess good for recovery from brain injuries, but also chess is good for people who are losing memory with age or suffering from a memory disease like dementia.
Dementia is not a memory problem only for 65+ years olds, it can occur as early as the age of early ’30s and it is better to start remedying it early on.
Besides many other solutions, you can try chess because it is helpful for Dementia Patients to stop losing memory or at least slow down the process.
Chess is good for Kids Memory
It is said that kids up until the age of 5 are geniuses. From their own, their environment decides whether they will become successful and happy humans or not. Every kid is special and they are all gifted in their own ways. If somehow every child in the world gets encouraged to do things they like, this world will be a much better place.
The best parents can do is introduce their kids to new fun activities every now and then.
Bobby Fischer is the greatest US chess player ever lived. He was not from a family of professional chess players and got into the sport because his Mom bought him a chess set as a Christmas gift.
Who knows the next Bobby Fischer is a kid living under your roof. Gift your child a chess set maybe the next Bobby Fischer is living under your roof. Even if he doesn’t become a chess genius it can be another fun activity for your child.
Do Chess Players Often Go Crazy?
No, they don’t. The ones known to go crazy are only a drop in Ocean. Most of them went crazy for other things going on in their life and chess has nothing to do with it. You can check the lifestyle of modern chess players. Most of them prepare like professional athletes and are very normal humans.
The perception of chess players going crazy is only a thing shown in movies. They almost always in one way or the other show that chess players are weird, they are low tempered, mentally disturbed and even drug addicts. Which is totally wrong. But since this perception has taken a wave and a story built around this concept sells very well, chess players are always shown negatively in one or many aspects of their life.
This perception of weirdness in chess players will keep on selling until the viewers keep liking it. Media and Cinema don’t care what the facts are, they only care what people want to see.
And it is always easy to reverse engineer what is already selling.
Unfortunately, CHESS PLAYERS ARE CRAZY & WEIRD is a sold product that easily gets marketed and earned cash from.
Take an example of Beth from Queen’s Gambit tv series, wasn’t she weird even before she started playing chess?