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The Great Gift Chronicles: Chess, Anyone?


There's nothing quite like a good game of chess. The origins of which go back some 1500 years. It is said that it started in India and spread to Europe before it became the game that it is today. There are Chess Tournaments, Chess Clubs and more!

Chess is a board game of skill. It takes patience, critical thinking and well, skill. Anyone can play at any age, but there is not quite anything like playing on a immaculate board. 


Chess - A Learning Gift for Kids

In the U.S. and Canada, research has been done to show the benefits of teaching children chess; so much so that it is being introduced in schools. The research has shown this:

  • Helps children to focus
  • Helps children to visualize (their next move, what happens if I make this choice)
  • Helps children to carefully make decision while considering their consequences before reacting
  • Helps children to look at all their options and choose the best option for each situation
  • Helps children to evaluate logically, the consequences to their actions; that is, to determine the level of severity of each consequence
  • Helps children to plan better or make better use of their time
  • Helps children to learn how to multitask

Adults-Help Improve Concentration

Chess is great for adults as well! I helps you to focus, to make wise choices and can improve your thinking habits and concentration.

It's a timeless game with great benefits and so is sure to be on the Great Gift Chronicles!


Valerie Washington (author) from Tempe, Arizona on September 13, 2012:

Thanks JSMatthew! Chess really is a great way to teach strategy and to make you think about your choices before you make them. I'll be checking out your hub and linking to it as well. Thanks for the hub love!!

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on September 12, 2012:

Although I haven't played chess in a few years I do love playing it. I'm not that good but I enjoy the idea that I always have a chance to win with a new strategy. Great Hub! I am adding this to my Hub "How To Make A Chess Board..." I love how you explain the benefits to playing this mind game. Voted up and shared! Well done.


Valerie Washington (author) from Tempe, Arizona on September 12, 2012:

Glad to see you back CloudExplorer! It is truly amazing how chess has helped shape people's lives over the years!

Mike Pugh from New York City on September 12, 2012:

Wow I made it back here once again, may last comment was so long ago, I re-read this hub, and somewhat forgot I read it before.

This was cool hehe! once again awesome hub, and mine I wrote about chess was about 2 or three months back, and it was about my grandfather embracing me with his chess knowledge which helped me all throughout my life. Awesome stuff!

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MJC from UK on September 12, 2012:

I love to play chess, so loved your hub too! :-) Great and bold idea to teach children how to play this game. Voted up.

Valerie Washington (author) from Tempe, Arizona on November 26, 2011:

Hey there CloudExplorer!! Yes, chess has its benefits! Who ever thought that a board game could withstand the test of time and you could actually learn from it! You know, it was created to teach people how to be better in battle...(that's true)!

Mike Pugh from New York City on November 26, 2011:

Thanks for sharing, I love chess & have planned a very informative resource such as this one on the world of Chess.

My grand father taught all his children & grand children chess, for he knew of its major significance in teaching as well as important role it would later on in our lives symbolize. Thanks for sharing voted up as interesting & useful.

Valerie Washington (author) from Tempe, Arizona on November 26, 2011:

Thanks!! I thought it was the right time to bring them out. Enjoy!

learntolive on November 26, 2011:

Stayingalivemoma, these hubs are very useful, especially since the holidays are just around the corner :)

Valerie Washington (author) from Tempe, Arizona on November 25, 2011:

I agree with you Sweetie Pie. Kids are being born smarter than we were!!! It really is a great way to spend time with your child and teach them a life lesson in the form of a game. Thanks for commenting!

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on November 25, 2011:

Some day I really should learn how to play chess. i think if you start with kids when they are young, they are more inclined to learn.

Valerie Washington (author) from Tempe, Arizona on November 25, 2011:

I know! I was really impressed when I was doing my research on it! Thanks for commenting! Are these gift hubs useful to you?

learntolive on November 25, 2011:

Great idea! I actually just played chess today! I never knew about all of the ways chess can help kids. Voted up, useful, and interesting :)

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