Learning To Play Chess and its benefits!

Chess benefitsChess is probably the best and most popular board game in the world, played by two players on a specific chess board.

One thing for sure, chess is a complicated game and learning to play chess will take time and it won’t be easy.

But I assure you that when you learn the basics, chess is a really fun and interesting game that you can play with friends, random people in the parks or on the internet.

You might even play with your grandpa (you will probably lose).

So learn how to play this awesome game if you don’t want to lose to your grandpa!

A bit about chess and it’s history

Chess is one of the oldest games in the world, it’s at least 1500 years old but it’s probably way older than that. It’s believed that chess came from India, spread to Persia and the Muslim world.

Then it continued spreading through the Moorish conquest of Spain, then it spread to Europe. There is a cool story about how chess may have been invented.

Some chess moves have been changed, but the main concept still remains and the most important things are carefulness and strategic thinking.

At the current day there are millions of chess players from all around the world and its popularity increases every year.

For Completly New Players

Learning To Play ChessIn a chess game each player starts with 16 pieces: King, queen, two rooks, two nights, two bishops and 8 pawns.

Each piece moves differently. You can check how they move here.

So the first thing you need to do, is memorize how each piece moves. Without knowing how your units move, there’s no way to even think about a victory.

The goal of this game is to defend your king and capture your opponents king. When you attack the king (check) and it has no available square to move, its game over (mate), you won.

Even a single pawn is very important and sometimes wins the game, so take care of your pieces. Don’t lose a piece unless you have a good reason.

Also, if your queen dies and your opponent still has his queen, most likely you will lose since queen is extremely powerful in this game, so be extra careful with her.

The Wonderfull Strategy Game

Once you know how the pieces move, you can start learning to play chess. For early game, most of the players try to take control of the center with their pawns, nights and bishops.

After 5-8 moves you should castle (hide your king in one of the corners). Knights and pawns are the best peaces for early game to take control of the center.

Middle game starts when both kings are castled or protected and players already developed most of the peaces. This is the most complicated part.

Players start to attack each other and try to create some kind of advantage like space or position. So move your pieces carefully, make sure they are protected.

Chess is a wonderful gameThere are so many traps and tricks in mid game so be really careful. Queen and bishops are the best attacking peaces in mid game.

The end game starts when most of the peaces are gone and the board is quite open. Usually this is the best time to push forward with your remaining pawns and try to promote one of them.

The best piece in the ”end game” is queen but usually she dies before that. The second best peace is rook. Knight is good if the action goes only at one side of the board and if you still have remaining bishop you should try to exchange him.

When queens are gone, the entire board becomes a lot safer for king. You might consider bringing him out of safety, since he becomes a really useful fighting piece.

If you managed to avoid traps and material disadvantages, you will probably reach ”end game”. At high levels, chess games mostly end in draws, because players are familiar with most of the traps and strategies and because they very rarely make blunders.

However, for average players, the game usually ends because of blunders and huge material disadvantage.

Why Learning To Play Chess Is Good for You

The wonderful game of chess makes you constantly count moves and various possibilities. It makes you think a lot and thinking is very good for your mind.

You will be playing against interesting and smart people so you might make some new friends. Playing chess improves your ability to develop strategies and plans.

If you have problems in your daily life with planning things, playing chess might help. It improves your memory and scientists have proved that chess help with keeping Alzheimer’s disease at bay.

Personally I play chess because it’s fun and when I’m stressed with my daily life, chess helps me calm down, relax and enjoy my life.

But these are not all the benefits of learning To Play Chess. There are a few more interesting ones!

It helps your brain grow

Knowledge is powerWant a bigger brain ? Learn to play chess!

But seriously, playing games that challenge your brain actually make specific parts of your brain grow in size! This helps your brain work faster.

If the activity is challenging and you interact with people within this activity, it also helps to grow your brain in size in specific areas. That’s why chess is such a great game.

More creativity

Chess really improves the right side of your brain activity. The right side is responsible for your creativity. You will find it easier to generate new ideas, even improve older ideas and develop an innovative way to finding solutions to all your daily problems.

You will enrich your memory, boost focus and concentration. Chess will help you to have better productivity at work as well!

These benefits will increase your self-esteem and the ability to climb the ladder of success. Learning to play chess simply unleashes your originality!

How does it improve my memory?

Playing chess will also improve your memory. Mainly because you have to remember complex rules, tactics and strategies all the time.

Also, you always have to remember the tricks and traps your opponent might set up for you.

To be a good chess player, you must have excellent memory. Just by practicing a lot, you will definitely boost your memory if you enjoy playing this game and if you’re dedicated to learning.

Make better decisions at life

Chess develops a critical mindTo be good at chess you have to become good at planning ahead. You must have that strategic and critical thinking.

The more chess you play, the more strategic and critical you become. This will help in your daily life, because you will begin to take smarter decisions with fewer risks involved.

You will just make much less irresponsible decisions. Because of that, you might become better at breaking your bad habits.

Chess boosts your IQ!

Learning to play chess can actually make you smarter. Chess is all about analytical thinking and planning. If you develop analytical thinking and planning, you’re slowly becoming smarter.

A study of 4,000 Venezuelan students showed significant improvements in those students IQ levels. And it only took them 4 months after getting introduced to chess to show these improvements.
While there might not be any real proof if chess actually makes you smarter, there is plenty of proof that chess has many benefits in many other areas.

And getting better at other areas eventually changes the way you think and it can potentially make you smarter!

Start Playing

Start playing and just enjoy this wonderful game. Don’t get disappointed if you lose. Stop focusing on the negatives all the time.

Not every player is a professional and you don’t have to be a pro to enjoy and have a great time with chess. When it comes to learning and getting good at something, you must first visualize yourself like you have already achieved your goal.

Visualize yourself being good at chess. Imagine you’re always winning. But think about your losses. Think about the victories and focus on that.

Here is a very good website where millions people play online, learn strategies and practice.

Have fun!


14 thoughts on “Learning To Play Chess and its benefits!”

  1. Ganardineroporcjc says:

    Hello Donny,
    I always had the idea of learning to play chess. I am fascinated to see the speed that the two players make their movements. I am surprised to know now after reading your post the benefits it can provide our brain.
    Improve our memory? In recent years I feel that I have lost it considerably. I will think about learning to play chess seriously. I take this opportunity to ask you a question. How much does it take a normal person to learn chess to play at a good level? I await your response. Regards!

    1. Donny says:

      Well, it depends on how do you perceive “good level”. From my point of view, to get good at playing chess, it will probably take somewhere around a year or two. But, even then, it’s a learning experience each day.

  2. Bethany Birchridge says:

    I found it amazing that chess was at least 1500 years old! My cousin loves to play chess, but I’ve never really been psyched to play with him before. Now that I know that chess can help your memory and keep Alzheimer’s disease at bay, I really think I’d love to start playing chess with my cousin again.

    1. Donny says:

      Yeah, the game of chess is quite old! I hope you do start playing chess, because the benefits are quite good as you can see! 🙂

  3. Olli says:

    Hi Donny, I didn’t realize that playing chess had so many benefits 🙂 I really love that game but feel like there’s a big step between being average and good. As you said, learning strategies and planning your game from the beginning are so important. A great game that I never get tired of playing. Cheers

    1. Donny says:

      Yes, it takes time to become good at chess, but it takes time to become good at anything! 

  4. Eli says:

    Hello and thank you for bringing chess to my focus.
    As a child I used to love playing this game and I haven’t played for a long time. The thinking two three or four steps, the anticipation, reading the big picture, all and more are part of strategic thinking as you mention in the article and definitely the carefulness. this game is great for brain development focus and concentration and causes an inner quiet.
    Thanks again,

    1. Donny says:

      A whole lot a benefits for a game, am I right? Haha!

  5. Alexandria Martinez says:

    I was talking to my brother the other day about his son. He was trying to figure out if he wants to put his son into private chess lessons. I think this would be a great idea since it means he will learn new skills and I will be sure to let him know to just start playing right away and not be scared.

    1. Donny says:

      Yes, playing chess has great benefits, so there’s no need to be scared about that, haha!

  6. Sharon May says:

    I confess to playing chess many years ago, I even taught my children who then went to chess clubs. I also played it on my pc. It’s a good game and I can’t understand why some people hate it. My husband doesn’t like it, can’t figure out why, but I love it. This article has inspired me to take it up again because I’d totally forgot about it – I guess the cares of life can get the better of us. Thanks for reminding me.

    1. Donny says:

      Yes sometimes even our favorite activities can get lost in the ocean. The most important part is to remember it and pick it up again!

  7. John Rico says:

    Playing chess is one of the things I’ve been wanting to do. I don’t have the time and someone that will play chess against me. I’m kinda a newbie to chess and I only know the movements of the pieces and the goal of the game. But I don’t know how to strategy to win a game. After I read your article I didn’t know that playing chess has a lot of benefits to a person. But I have a question, does playing against computer is the same with playing against people? I really appreciate your response.

    1. Donny says:

      It’s alright. Everyone starts as a newbie. The more you play the more strategies and tactics you will learn in time. While people think differently than a computer, it still has the same benefits even if you play against a computer all the time.

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