You play chess?
If the answer is yes, then make sure you to include that in your resume. It shows you are a strategic thinker and may help you on your next job interview.
For good reasons, chess has become an iconic representation of strategy. It is a game that requires structured thinking and considerations. For many reasons, chess has long been the game of philanthropists, gentleman, geniuses, and other gifted people. This has formed a wide misconception around the word that ONLY geniuses and gifted people can play the game and it is strictly designed for them.
If you ask someone to name the first things that come to their mind when they hear ‘chess player’, it would be ‘smart’, ‘old’, ‘talented’, ‘genius’ and many other things unrelated to regular people.
But once again, this is a misconception, it is a wrong belief injected to people by mass media.
The reality of chess is different, because playing chess results in better brain function, improved memory, strategic thinking and attention improvement.
All of these benefits are directly related to the constant practice, both in real-life and virtual environments. This means that chess is the answer to the question – ‘Is there a game where I can have fun and get benefits from?’
Let’s look at some of the benefits in more detail:
Chess is considered to be a strategy game, this means that in order to win, you must have a better strategy than your opponent. But no one is born with the ability to have great strategic moves, it must be learned by practicing. Many people, associate strategy with war and army generals planning their attacks with strategic moves, this example is not far from chess. Just like a general commands his army, a chess player commands his or her own pieces in a battle of white and black.
So playing chess highly improves the ability to develop certain strategies and plans. And no, this benefit is not only useful to army generals and chess players. Good strategic mind is much more productive, because it creates the best strategy and plan of action for every daily task. Also, strategic thinking is a life savior in work environments, because everything is planned one step ahead and there’s always a plan B.
Better Brain Function
The brain is remarkable. It is responsible for our mental performance and it is the most crucial organ in the human body. When the brain has no stimulation, the cells inside slowly die, it’s perfect example of “if you don’t use it, you lose it” moto. However, chess is a tool which gives you a rigorous mental workout.
Let’s look at one example: to get the most benefit from a physical workout, you need to exercise both the left and right sides of your body, right? Studies show that in order to play chess well, a player must develop his or her brain’s left hemisphere, which deals with object recognition, as well as the right hemisphere, which deals with pattern recognition. Over time, thanks to the rules involved in the game, playing chess will effectively exercise and develop not one but both sides of your brain.
Scientists also claim that playing chess can improve mental age by up to 14 years. How’s that for a workout?
Research have shown that chess helps keep Alzheimer’s disease at bay, which is directly related to the loss of memory. There are many strategies and tactics in chess and a good player should know most of them, but it is not the case of sitting and learning the tactics by heart.
Over the course of many games, players develop an almost natural instinct of when to use a certain strategy or tactic. This is where the benefits of improved memory shine, players can quickly remember and use different strategies or tactics. The best part is that this benefit is not only limited to chess. Improved memory can be used in other areas of life such as academic performance, responsibilities, commitments, etc.
Now that you know the benefits, it should be more than enough motivation to go and win yourself a match or two.