We all enjoy board games, but is it only because they entertain us? Are there other reasons to play? And if we don't play board games regularly, should we? Here are the top six reasons to play board games (and a few shameless plugs for chess, my personal favorite).
The brain is like a muscle, the more you exercise it, the more it can do. Researchers have confirmed that playing board games twice a week will increase your brain speed-score. Apart from being fun, board games exercise your brain. Below are the best, top-rated board games that a family can play.
Chess strategy involves goal setting, evaluation of the piece positions, and planning for the long-term. These are all useful – and in some cases critical – skills in life and business.
The art of living in the moment is what separates a good chess player from a grandmaster. Memorized games, habitual responses, and years of experience on the board make for a great player, but being able to see the board new at each sitting and respond to the 'now' makes for a grandmaster.
The intensity and stress of chess can be exhausting. Buddhism teaches us to live 'in the moment' which is a place without stress. What is the secret to bringing this mindfulness to chess? It takes practice.
In the 80’s there was a revolution in the algorithms chess computers used wherein more emphasis was put on threats to the computer than on attack. This geometrically improved their playing ability. So, how does this translate to benefits in your everyday life? Read on – you may be surprised.
Games are an integral part of people’s lives and have been since mankind began throwing stones, but have you thought about the fact that they also prepare us for life and help us to hone certain necessary skills?
The games we play as children mirror the experiences we have as adults. Games aren't just things we play to pass the time; games are opportunities to develop life skills. Play is the perfect way to prepare us for the demands of adulthood.
An often overlooked aspect of the strategy of chess is the psychology of your opponent (and yourself). The board you bring to the game, and the board you are most accustomed to using, may affect how the game is played.