Chess and Childhood !
One of the oldest logic-table games, chess, proven to be a fun way to sharpen your mind. But what are the benefits for you child by playing chess?
First of all there is no sure age to start dealing with chess, and we could say it depends on the individual. There are children who are interested in the game from an early age, but if we had to make a generalization around 6-7 is the era when your child will be able to understand the basic rules more easily.
The nature of the game is such that the child develops her/his abilities to analyze situations and make decisions. More importantly, the fact that the more you practice, you can make your own decisions without consulting and also you develop your self-confidence.
At the brain level , chess has been shown to exert both hemispheres in the brain. The left hemisphere is responsible for the analytical thinking, while the right to understand abstract terms and creativity. Memory is enhanced as the child must remember movements, combinations and different modes of play, as well as adaptability, since each different opponent has its own technique. Combinations of positions and movements helps children to understand better mathematical problems as they are trained to observe the subject from different perspectives in the search for a solution. When the difficult years of adolescence come, and the the attention can be broken with the slightest fact, our little friends will not have any particular difficulty in staying focused and understanding what they are reading.
It is very important that we want to teach our children chess. If we decide to join them to a club, it would be better to talk to a trainer about the teaching methods that the follow. At the end of the day chess is the ultimate brain game and the only one that keeps our children creative by far.