Chess is a board game that offers fun and excitement to the players. It is a game that stimulates the mind and exercises your brain. Played in the ancient period between the kings and royal family members, this war game teaches the skill of warfare in a non-violent way. Though the world does not have any kings or kingdoms anymore, every person is waging a battle with the world in his own way. Learning the game of chess and playing it regularly will equip a person to fight the battle of life with poise and confidence.
The salient feature of the game is that the player enjoys the game, gets excited and relaxed while playing the game, and at the same time, learns invaluable skills that would go beyond the game and make him live an organized life.
The invaluable traits that one learns by playing the game include deep thinking, logical analysis, concentration, visualization or foresight, imagination, dynamic planning, decision-making, patience, social skills, assuming responsibility and self-confidence, to name some of the few.
Why should the children be encouraged to play this game?
The game of chess is very easy to learn and the rules are very simple. Moving the pieces through the squares across the board from one side to the other side without getting captured by the opponent’s pieces will be an interesting puzzle game for the kids. The way Knight moves across the board is interesting. Children will have fun playing this game.
Children are taught about the various pieces, their special capabilities and simple rules, such as bishop moves in diagonals, the bishop placed in a dark-colored square in the beginning cannot move through light-colored squares, rooks can move only horizontally or vertically and so and so forth.
Children will be trained to recognize the pieces and remember their characteristics and abilities.
Simple chess puzzles will introduce the child to the habit of thinking. He will try to apply his mind before making move. This is a good beginning and the child, right from his infant age, is introduced to the habit of thinking before acting. The bad trait of haste is eliminated from the child at the early age itself. The child, in his pursuit to solve the puzzle, not only resorts to thinking but also learns the reasoning skills – where to move, where not to move and such other things – all as part of the game.
The child is taught the value of the pieces – such as one for the pawns, 3 for the knights and bishops, 5 for the rooks and 9 for the queen. The King is the invaluable piece.
The child will be exposed to calculate the value of pieces, applying reasoning to ensure that his valuable pieces are safeguarded and the pieces are not gifted or carelessly lost in the game. This is an invaluable trait, which exposes the child to assign importance based on the values. This calculating ability and assigning importance will help him perform well in subjects involving calculations such as mathematics.
As the child learns the game and improvises his skills, he will start thinking a little deep, foresee the moves of the opponent. This will open up to a new world of creativity, imagination and foresight.
The skills learn in the game, played for the sake of fun, will get inculcated into his character at the infant age and as he grows up, the invaluable skills of thinking before acting, analyzing, looking ahead and planning will help him face the realities of life with confidence and organize his life in a better way.
Now, with the advancement of the technology, teaching the game of chess is much easier. Children love playing video games in this modern world. Getting chess software that teaches the game in a fun way with animation and includes innumerable puzzles will be a good gift for the children. Encouraging them to play chess online with his friends from the comfort of his home and also with the computer is not beyond the means of many parents in this modern world, and can be effectively used for teaching invaluable skills to the children and make them lead a better life in future.