. . . chess is a teacher, and I aim to show it is a great one. - Garry Kasparov

Why play chess? Well, the answer is simple, because it's fun!

But there are other, less obvious reasons why chess is a good game for you or your child. With its infinite possibilities, chess is a logical and strategic game. There is a whole set of benefits chess develops or enhances:

  • decision making
  • problem solving
  • rational thinking
  • concentration
  • pattern recognition
  • creative way of thinking
  • strategic planning

When studying chess, the student realizes the value of hard work and commitment. Chess requires a certain degree of self-control and critical thinking. Chess teaches students to try their best to win, and to accept losses gracefully.

The motto of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) is Gens Una Sumus, which means: "We are all one family". You may have many enemies on the chess battlefield, and it is acceptable to let off steam on the board, but ultimately, chess will make you many new friends. Like many other sports, chess breaks down barriers and differences between people.

As opposed to other sports, however, chess stays with you for life. Even at age 80, Victor Korchnoi is still playing chess professionally!

Chess is a royal game that has captivated humans for centuries. It will continue to do so in the centuries to come.