Sunday, 30 January 2011

How Chess Can Help Your Child

You don’t need to be told that chess is a great strategy game. Anyone who can play chess knows there is a very complex ‘thinking’ process behind it, a player must think every move through, consider the consequences, and also plan the long-term strategy in order to win the game. That is why chess is a great exercise for the mind, and it can help your child in many ways. It's also why it's great to own fine chess sets for the family.

If you teach your child to play chess at a young age, you would be giving him great experience and wisdom which would no doubt benefit him in various situations that he comes across during his life. Chess is known to raise a child’s IQ scores – as it raises his level of thinking and encourages him to think better. The thinking process is purified and made more patient, thus the child can make correct decisions patiently.

Chess also shows children how to make complicated decisions without taking the help of others. They become independent of outside opinion, and thereby chess helps your child to become a potential great decision-maker later on in his life. If you would like to engage his creativity and his original thinking, then chess does that too – as a child needs to imagine moves in his head before actually making the move. Thus his power of imagination is increased, and he can think more originally.

In chess, a child has to look at a problem from all the angles and has to consider all the possible solutions. Thus it helps him to establish his problem-solving skills. Lastly, chess also helps to improve a child’s reading, language power, math and power of memorization – skills that one needs in chess as well as in life. So teach your child chess to see these various benefits on his personality.

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