CHESS - Improves IQ?

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CHESS – Improves IQ?

J.K. Arcayna

 

“Brain plasticity is a two-way street; it’s just as easy to generate negative changes as positive ones.”

-Anonymous-

 

Many kids play video games that are addictive in a negative way. As such, some of the downsides to video game playing are: the intense needs for gratification, playing non-stop for hours; wasting money for something useless and taking away time for connecting with others, addiction withdrawal symptoms – mood swings and agitation increases. Yet, beyond those negative customs, there’s still one of many great alternatives to video game and that is – 'CHESS.'

However, there are some people who think that playing chess is not necessary. I hate that game. I don’t know how to play that. I don’t think playing chess improves my IQ. Only those who have a high IQ or the intellectual person can play that kind of game. These statements were overheard all around especially to those who insist playing and it seems that they don’t know the real meaning or the essence of playing chess. If you would ask a few of them about chess, some likely response will be hysterical laughter, yet more people say “it’s good”. Maybe for others but not for some because chess is probably just never occur to them because as they believe, this diversion known as a game for the intellectually gifted. Some people think that playing chess may not help our biceps or tone our abs, but lifelong mental health can certainly benefit from. And a sexy and beautiful mind is one of the best assets you can show off!

Probably, you may hear this question, “Do smart people play chess, or does chess make people smart?” This question, I know, true to others. At least one scientific study has shown that playing the game can actually raise a person’s IQ.

In addition, there are still folks who doubted the power of human brain. They think that computers are smarter than their creators (human beings), whereas others believe differently. Computers nowadays, are able to perform exponentially large calculations within a blink of an eye and are thus difficult to be outperformed in the highly thoughtful games by mere humans. On the other hand, there are also some who still have utter faith in the unimaginable power of human brain.

Moreover, playing chess has a lot of advantages contributed to human brain. As a matter of fact, people who play chess already know that it can improves memory, mainly because of the complex rules you have to remember, as well as the memory recall needed when trying to avoid previous mistakes or remembering something. Hence, those who play, have an exceptional memory performance at all. Playing chess, on the other hand, sparks your creativity, improves mental activities, etc., and those who learned to play chess scored significantly higher on standardized test compared to those who did not play.

So what are you waiting for? Grab one, play, and improve your IQ.


Submitted: May 02, 2019

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J.K. Arcayna

Thank you:)

Fri, May 3rd, 2019 3:41am

Bert Broomberg

Good article about a fascinating game. I don't agree with you when you call it a game with complex rules. In my opinion, one of the wonderful things about chess is that there is complexity in the game while there is a fairly limited set of relatively simple rules. The complexity is caused by what you do within those rules.

Mon, May 6th, 2019 1:16pm

CatWriter

What a great essay!

Fri, September 13th, 2019 10:19am

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