One thing that most people don’t think
to buy for their children is a chess set. Many think that chess
is an old game that no one plays any longer, and there really
aren’t many that are interested. Truthfully though, if you were
to buy one for your child, and if you take the time to play
with them, there are benefits for the both of you that you
might not realize right away.
A chess set is more than a game. It takes a lot of thinking
to get through a game and actually win. It is something like
checkers, but much more complicated. In fact, some might say
that the only thing similar between the two is that they have
the same look about their playing board. Whatever the case, a
chess set will require more time and patience than learning to
play chess. However, the benefits of this game far exceed
anything that checkers could ever do.
Playing with a chess set requires the players to think far
in advance of the present move they are going to make. That
means they have to use the power of reasoning and logic to make
any move. This is something that we all learn in time, but some
learn earlier than others. Those who grow up with a chess set
might indeed have an advantage. The reason so many teenagers
get into trouble is not because they are bad kids, but because
they have not learned to think about beyond what they are
doing. Learning chess could help change that in some kids.
Thinking beyond the moment may become automatic, and they can
then begin to make better choices.
A chess set certainly won’t keep teens from making mistakes,
but learning to think ahead might keep them out of some
problems. It’s an abstract thought, but there is certainly no
harm in teaching a child to play. There are other great things
they can get from a chess set as well. They learn to play and
take turns, and they learn to win or lose with grace. They will
also learn that they mean a lot to you if you take time out of
your week to play with them. It’s funny to think about some of
the things that have lasted through the centuries. Usually
there is more to them than just the obvious, as is the case
with the game of chess.