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BENEFITS OF PLAYING CHESS

Chess can be played by any person of any race, color or, creed, and if given the facility of equipment and instruction. Modern scientific research appears to have verified the ancient wisdom that playing Chess can increase discriminative qualities of the mind such as the ability to concentrate for long periods (mental stamina and endurance) and to analyze and reason. Decades of research in children show that the study and practice of Chess exerts a positive, healthy influence on the mind. It has been found that the methodological teaching of Chess helps elevate the IQ and develops a new form of thinking and its practice creates a new form of abstract exercise, which is self-motivating

In some countries it has been put on the syllabus of a number of schools, the objective being to elicit creativity and intelligence in the general population. For example, The Russians, who today dominate the Chess world and who boast more world champions than any country. They after a considerable amount of educational research in elementary schools found that experimental groups of children who learn chess in a formal, systematized way in school perform better in math and science than aged-matched control groups.

Chess is a barometer of Russian cultural supremacy and they have come to believe the game to be their permanent treasure. Russian Chess players of international strength were supported by the state and an instructor’s income from teaching was greater than that of a doctor or engineer. Enthusiasm for the game is also a reflection of social values - a socially useful cultural activity. Top players are national heroes/heroines and revered as stars

In the former Soviet Union Chess was supported by the government. During Stalin’s time victories were used in international Chess tournaments to propagandize the notion that the best minds flourish under the Communist system. Top players had the assistance of 40, sometimes 50 aides. They analyze positions, perform physical therapy and provide sophisticated psychological profiles of opponents.

Lenin’s colleague Nikolai Krylenko, who commandeered the trade union movement to spread traditional Chess throughout the new socialist state, started the Soviet system of Chess. Botvinnik introduced into Chess the total dedication, which became characteristic of the Soviet players who developed a style of total warfare, deliberately dragging out games or manipulating results amongst themselves.

The world championships have stirred the passion and patriotic pride of millions of Russian Chess players and fans, and for forty years despite their disdain for royalty, their women have given us an outstanding intellectual performance in the game of Kings.

Recent studies in schools in the US have confirmed that children who are taught chess develop more quickly in valuable decision-making skills and in the ability to concentrate. Teachers in this country have found that playing chess builds self-confidence in emotionally handicapped and socially disadvantaged students. It teaches them to deal with real-life problems and provides an important outlet for social interaction. In prisons and hospitals, adults have found that chess can even help lift their spirits and provide motivation and direction.

Perhaps then, that the ancient game of warfare invented or "cognized" by the wise saint, Sissa had an inherent ability to specifically enliven the "pitta-like qualities" of the mind which have to do with sharpness of intellect, power of concentration, ability to memorize visual patterns, self-confidence, bravery, etc.

Controlled studies going back over several decades beginning in Russia and more recently in the US have indicated that Chess develops improved concentration, analytical reasoning ability, circumspection, prudence, and judgment. It is known to foster greater self-esteem, self-confidence and significantly improve academic performance even in socially disadvantaged inner city children.

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