Five Reasons to Play Chess

“These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out there playing chess.” –Kobe Bryant

  1. Chess is a great way to engage others in a social and educational way, yet in a non-threatening way when the battle begins.
  2. Chess requires a strong work ethic to improve, but is actually a simple game to learn and begin playing.
  3. Forcing the the mind to focus is one of the greatest benefits to playing chess. Chess allows those who play this game to analyze and better understand their decision-making. Each game takes on a life of its own because there are so many possibilities.
  4. Although planning ahead is important, chess allows each player to live in the moment to realize the situation at hand. Many players consider this a therapeutic aspect to the game because the mind is not able to do this in everyday life.
  5. Playing chess provides a creative outlet for solving problems, and promotes inter-generational play unique to chess.


  1. The more a player understands this game, the more entertaining it becomes. Yes, it’s fun to self-reflect.
  2. Health reasons for playing chess are numerous; notably the delay of brain disease such as Alzheimer’s as well as rehabilitation due to brain injury.

Published by Mr. White

I began playing chess in 2008 with new rhythm in life, and then passion in the fight against cognitive dysfunction and memory loss in aging communities. With attention to stronger family bonds, I have worked to build a presence that I truly hope will bring lasting partnerships with aging communities in multi-generational living settings commonly called the "sandwich generation" of baby boomers. Chess Made Fun has networked with chess educators and enthusiasts to better understand product applications, and developed programs that build on what groups can do naturally. Opportunities have included Compassionate Care Hospice, Medford Care Center and Rachel’s Wish Foundation. If you see potential here, or have interest in holistic therapies, I stay active in recreation therapy, educational psychology and geriatrics. ♟ Find me at local chess tournaments, disc golf and ball golf outings.

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