This King of Board Games, chess is one of the oldest games in the world, dating back over 1500 years! This 11 inch chess set features a Walnut wood veneer board with beveled edges and wood chessmen and folds for easy storage when not in use. A terrific set for beginners!
Fun facts about the benefits of chess!
Did you know that in Armenia, all children learn chess at school starting at age 6? It may surprise you to know that chess has loads of benefits for our brains, young or elder, including*:
- Teaching you how to win and lose.
Of course everyone likes to win, but it is just as important to learn how to accept losing. As the saying goes—sometimes you give the lesson, and sometimes you receive the lesson! Most importantly, try to learn from those losses and come back a better player. Just as in life, we need to get back up when confronted with failure and come back stronger and wiser. Winning with grace is an important character trait that chess can teach a person.
- Helps children realize the consequences of their actions.
The scholastic chess boom around the world has been on a steady rise over the last decade. More important than these children becoming great chess players or getting high ratings is that chess teaches children from an early age that their choices have consequences, both good and bad. Thinking your moves through and trying to play the best move that you can is rewarding; while playing too quickly, and rushing your decisions can have negative repercussions.
- Develops focus and concentration.
As Bobby Fischer said, “Chess demands total concentration.” A chess player can make moves like a grandmaster for 30 moves and then get distracted on move 31 and make an elementary blunder that loses the game! This intense focus is useful in everyday life when confronted with school assignments, daily tasks, and deadlines.
- Chess as a confidence builder.
Chess is all you – you put in the time studying, you may put in the time competing in tournaments, you spend the time analyzing your losses and finding your weaknesses. With all this work a sense of confidence is developed. Even working through a tough period where you plateau in your chess development can help you build resilience and confidence.
- Chess helps build problem solving skills, planning and foresight.
In every chess game you play you are faced with challenges and problems that you have to solve in order to play your best game. Chess can help you to think ahead, not rush your decisions, and weigh the pluses and minuses of your choices. This correlates to challenges we face in everyday life, and just as in chess, we try to make the best choices to develop positive outcomes for our lives.
- Chess exercises both sides of the brain equally.
When playing chess, your brain will be challenged to exercise logic, develop pattern-recognition, make decisions both visually and analytically, and test your memory. Chess can be enjoyed by any age—as a result, these brain exercises can be part of the health of your brain for your entire life! An active brain is a healthy brain!
- Learning how to be calm under pressure.
An intense game of chess where you have given everything, your time is running low, and you still have to make critical decisions to bring the point home, teaches us to remain calm under pressure. You have be intensely focused, while at the same time remaining calm so that your brain can work to its maximum. We are all faced with deadlines, presentations, interviews, and tests throughout our life, just as in a chess game, we have to remain confident and calm to perform our best.
- Teaches planning and foresight while improving memory and spatial skills.
While playing chess you must remember your opponents move and which positions can help them not to mention all the openings, tips and tricks you use to play the game! As players calculate the next move, they are considering variations 10 moves deep: visualizing the possibilities before picturing a position some moves down the line. In other words, you are visualizing objects in space, picturing a position, and mentally manipulating those images to decide your next move. It’s the mode of thought we use to imagine different visual perspectives! (Think architect and engineers designing buildings or what Michelangelo used to discover David!)
- Chess helps to develop creativity.
They say a persons’ personality comes out in their chess game. A shy and passive person might play more reservedly while an outgoing and social person might be a bold attacker. The wonderful part of chess is that there is room for everyone’s styles and personalities. In your own personal way, you can show your creativity in the type of moves, plans, and tactics that you come up with at the board.
- It helps prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
The brain works like a muscle and just like any other muscl, it needs exercise to remain healthy. A study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that people over 75 who engage in brain-stretching activities like chess are less likely to develop dementia than their non-board-game-playing peers. Dr. Robert Freidland, the study’s author, found that unused brain tissue leads to a loss of brain power just like an un-exercised muscle loses strength.