Not for nothing is chess known as "the game of kings." No doubt the rulers of empires and kingdoms saw in the game fitting practice for the strategizing and forecasting they themselves were required to do when dealing with other monarchs and challengers.
As we learn more about the brain, some are beginning to push for chess to be reintroduced as a tool in the public's education. With benefits like these, they have a strong case.
How chess helps your brain:
It can raise your IQ
It helps prevent Alzheimer's
It exercises both sides of the brain
It increases your creativity
It improves your memory
It increases problem-solving skills
It improves reading skills
It improves concentration
It grows dendrites
It teaches planning and foresight
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