Reasons Why People Play Chess

Published 01 Jun 2017

Chess is a game widely played everywhere: schools, parks, and even over the Internet. The game continues to be one of popular hobbies of both the old generation and young generation. The challenge and excitement make up the fun aspect of chess especially when players think their moves thoroughly. Each move of the chess pieces critically spells either victory or defeat between the players.

Players of chess often find several reasons why they love to play the game. First is the aspect of convenience. Chess is fairly easy to play just about anywhere. For a few dollars, you can purchase a mini-chess set that fits your pocket. You also have an option to play chess online against one of the many computer programs found in the market. Next is that chess is a fair game. The absence of dice allows a good play without the possibility of a bad roll that ruin your turn. All it matters is how excellent you play. Third, chess can be learned how to play as good as anybody else. Additionally, chess can be played no matter how young or old you and how petite or tall you are.

Lastly, chess is an intellectually exciting game. You won’t be bored with the game when there is more strategy to learn how to play better. Thus, it enables players to think more analytically resulting to an improved concentration and development of memory. In fact, numerous studies, such as by Riefner (1992), have proven that children achieved a higher reading level, math level and a greater learning ability as a consequence of playing chess.

Work Cited

  • Philip Rifner, “Playing Chess: A Study of Problem-Solving Skills in Students with Average and Above Average Intelligence,” doctoral dissertation, 1992.
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