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  • Chess is a game for people of all ages. When playing a game, your opponent can be much younger or much older than you are. Parents, grandparents and children can challenge one another.
  • Chess develops memory. Players memorize different opening moves, recognize various patterns and remember lengthy variations.
  • Chess improves concentration. During the game you have to focus on all of the moves and getting your opponent in checkmate.
  • Chess develops logical thinking. Chess requires some understanding of logical strategy.
  • Chess develops imagination and creativity. It encourages you to be inventive by the moves you make. There are so many combinations yet to be constructed.
  • Chess teaches independence. You are forced to make important decisions.  Only you can decide where to make your next move.
  • Chess develops the capability of predicting and foreseeing the results of your moves.
  • Chess inspires self-motivation. It encourages you to search for the best move and the best plan.
  • Chess shows that success rewards hard work. The more you practise, the better you will become.
  • Chess develops the scientific way of thinking. Whilst playing, you explore new ideas, try to predict their outcomes, make your move and test it.
  • Chess and Mathematics. Chess involves an infinite number of calculations.  Young players may count the number of attackers and defenders and older players may calculate lengthy continuations.
  • Chess and research. There are many chess resources for every aspect of the game.
  • Chess and Psychology. Chess is a test of patience, nerves, will-power and concentration. You spend much time interacting with other people. It also tests your sportsmanship in a competitive environment.
  • Chess improves school work and grades. Numerous studies have proven that learners obtain a higher reading level, Maths level and a greater learning ability overall, as a result of playing chess. A scientific survey has shown that Science and Maths marks of chess players could improve by 20 to 30%.  By playing chess, a learner’s IQ could improve by up to 5% per year.
  • Chess opens up the world for you. You don’t need to be a high-ranked player to enter competitions. Chess provides you with plenty of opportunities to travel to places in SA and abroad to play in competitions. Chess is a universal language and you can communicate with anyone over the board.
  • Chess enables you to meet many interesting people. You will make life-long friendships with people you meet through chess.
  • Chess is cheap. You don’t need expensive and fancy equipment in order to play chess. All you need is a chess board and chess pieces.
  • Chess is fun.  No chess game ever repeats itself which means that you create more and more new ideas during each game. It never becomes boring.