The surprising health benefits of playing chess

The game of chess has been played with same rules we use now since the 13th century – meaning people have enjoyed this simple strategy game for hundreds of years! 

Not only is it a fun, absorbing and inexpensive hobby, it has surprising health benefits as well.

Here are just a few reasons why it’s worthwhile picking up chess. And now you can play online, too – in our new Silversurfers Games hub.

It can raise your IQ

Chess is a game that actually makes you smarter! According to a study conducted in Venezuela over several years, children who took chess classes for just 4 ½ months increased their IQ scores significantly.

It can help prevent Alzheimer’s

One of the brilliant things about chess is that it stimulates brain function. Unused brain function can lead to a loss of brain power. A study from the New England Journal of Medicine found people over 75 who engage in stimulating activities like chess are less likely to develop dementia compared to their peers.

It improves memory

Not only does chess stimulate your brain, it can also help you exercise and improve your memory! Skilled chess players must remember involves being able to remember moves that have helped you win before. The science backs this up: a 1985 study showed students who were given regular opportunities to play chess improved their grades in all subjects.

It helps with creativity

Chess might not seem like a creative pursuit – but it is! Playing chess activates both the left and right sides of your brain; the right side of your brain is responsible for creativity. By playing chess you can help expand your creativity into other areas of your life as well.

It increases problem-solving skills

At its heart, chess is a game of problem-solving. You must solve challenges as they come up and anticipate future moves. The ability to solve these puzzles spontaneously can be carried into other parts of your life. Studies involving math students showed those who played chess improved their test scores by over 20%. Better problem-solving and creativity skills can, in turn, lead to improved self-confidence.

Are you ready to get back into chess? Give it a go online here – it’s free to play! 


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