Students should play more chess (Opinion)

Playing chess has many benefits most people don’t know about


Angel Villalobos

The goal of chess is to take the opponent’s king and checkmate them.

Chess is a strategic game where plays plot against one another. This game consists of 32 pieces; each side has one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns, resulting in 16 pieces in total.

“Check” is a phrase commonly used in chess for when the opponent’s king is being threatened with capture, and “Checkmate” imply there is no possible escape. Checkmating the opponent wins the game.

Chess is a fun and interesting game to play, either competitively or just to kill some time. Usually chess is a two player game with a white team and a black team. One plays against another opponent, but there are ways you can also play by yourself too. I recently started playing thanks to a friend.

Many benefits come from playing chess. Chess helps to improve memory and calculation skills. The ability to think deeply and accurately is the best strength in chess because it’s the best indicator of playing strength. The reason critical thinking is so vital in chess is because it’s required to predict what your opponent’s best move will be and if that move will lead to your defeat. Chess can be difficult for beginners, but it’s good for people to put themselves in tough situations and build perseverance.

It’s important for students to build their self efficiency. Building self efficacy is important because this world can be very difficult — it’s good to learn ways of perserving through those times. In the long run, chess can contribute to confidence in our ability to learn and grow.

Especially nowadays, it’s important for people to have good confidence and to believe in themselves because of social media, which has taught us people effortlessly look the way we want and live the life we want to, which is often untrue.

The way someone gains confidence in chess is when they put in time studying, time competing in tournaments, and time analyzing losses and finding your weaknesses. If you spend all that time doing those things you begin to develop confidence and resilience in your game and yourself.

Chess can also benefit students by improving their concentration and increasing their thinking skills. Studies have proven that chess players have better cognitive skills than those who don’t play chess. Cognitive skills are core skills that our brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention.

Other beneficial chess holds is the training and exercising of both sides of the brain. At a younger age, it’s easy to dismiss classic games with technology at our fingertips. But chess is a game that is not only enjoyable, but has some tangible benefits as well.