Originally Answered: What really is the CHESS PLAYING ability related to The Brain?
I observe the very strong correlation:
• of aptitudes to playing chess well,
• to aptitudes in mathematics and music .
We can't get everybody to agree to that, though.
Whatever you wrote in just one paragraph is not all that there is to chess.
Even/especially the best players continue to learn more about chess every day.
I earned a sr. expert norm with my highest USCF-ratings of 2074, 2073 and 2054
in three of my rating peaks, and by winning against masters USCF-rated over 2300.
I have drawn against world-class sr. masters (rated over 2400) in simuls.
Chess improves areas of your brain across the two hemispheres. Consider:
(1) Chess involves all levels of critical thinking, including:
a) Knowledge, b) Comprehension, c) Analysis, d) Evaluation.
(2) Chess requires forethought and cultivates visualization skills.
(3) Chess improves problem-solving skills.
(4) Chess encourages people to overcome the fear of risk taking.
(5) Chess teaches concentration and self-discipline.
(6) Chess enables people to assume responsibility for their decisions.
(7) Chess rewards determination and perseverance.
(8) Chess raises self-esteem and promotes good sportsmanship.
(9) Chess encourages socialization skills that extend across cultures and generations.
(10) Chess is fun!
Some people think of themselves as a primarily "left-brain" or "right-brain" person.
Because you play chess on a regular basis, tell them that you use your whole brain.
Chess is a tool to give users a rigorous mental workout.
Scientists claim that playing chess can improve mental age by up to 14 years.
Those who play chess move to higher levels as they get better at it.
Scientists have shown that playing chess exercises the brain,
most notably to help keep Alzheimer's Disease at bay.
We can view the findings at this link: http://www.thirdage.com/news/articles/ALT02/05/12/30/ALT02051230-02.html
It's not as important that you specifically: speed-read, play chess, etc.
as much as it is important for you to keep exercising areas of your brain.
The brain is an example of "if you don't use it, you lose it,"
Scientists have found the neurological equivalent of an untoned body
could lead to a drastic dulling of cerebral powers.
Benefits of Chess: http://www.quadcitychess.com/benefits_of_chess.html
Kirk and Spock have played Chess three times on STAR TREK. Kirk won every game.