Chess and The Brain•
Posted on October 19 2011
Yes, there have been studies that show that chess can improve mathematical skills. This is due to the fact that besides improving critical thinking, logic, and reasoning skills, it also improves the ability of abstract thinking. This is one of the reasons why studies have shown that those who play instruments typically have better math ability than those who do not play instruments. Do not listen to these people who say chess improves only your ability to play chess. I personally have seen how chess improves the thought process. Chess has changed the way I think about many life situations for the better.
Chess is one of the more ancient games that are still being played today and it is something that many people tend to be enthusiastic about. Although it is thought to have its roots around the year 600, it was about the year 1000/1200 when the rules of the game began to be changed to something that was similar to what is being played today. Throughout the centuries leading up to the modern game that is played, many major changes were made but during the 19th century, the organization of the game and the playing of it were progressing very quickly.
Today, the game of chess is played on a board of 64 squares, alternating between light and dark squares. There are 16 playing pieces, including eight pawns, a king, queen, two rooks, two knights and two bishops. The game is either played casually, or it is played where each move is timed and you must make your move before the timer expires. Competitions are held worldwide but even in living rooms around the world, you will find the game being enjoyed by people, young and old alike.