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Benefits of playing chess for children

Chess isn't just a game where there's a winner and a loser. Children who play chess on a regular basis can experience the benefits of the game of chess. Here are three ways children can benefit from playing chess:

1. Exercises both sides of the brain: One thing you may not already know is that any chess player engages both left side and right side of his/her brain when attempting to pull off a check mate. Here's why that matters: The left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and is responsible for logical thinking, science, math and right hand control. The right side of the brain controls the left side of the body and is responsible for creativity, intuition, music. Chess is unique in a sense that it engages both your creative side and logical side.

2. Builds self confidence: Chess teaches children to take responsibility for their actions. Children take their opponent one-on-one and can celebrate their efforts with every victory. When children lose, they can analyze what they need to do differently in future matches. A loss can turn into a personal victory by teaching children how to take responsibility for all of their actions.

3. Make new friends: One of the best parts of playing chess is the opportunity to make new friends. Good friends are an essential part of a child's development whether it's mental or emotional. Children need to have friends who they can socialize with and learn communication skills. Chess is a community at the end of the day and children have the chance to make friends for life.

Can you think of any other ways children can benefit from playing chess? Share with us in the comments below!

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