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Worldwide, circa 600 milion people play chess. The game’s positive influence upon one’s individual development is difficult to exaggerate.

Playing chess can contribute to the development of such individual features as:

  • the ability to concentrate
  • the analytical and deductive reasoning skills
  • stimulating imagination
  • self-development of patience
  • decisive skills and self-reliance
  • strategic and tactical planning
  • good memory and learning skills

The pedagogical merit of chess stems from the structure of the game itself – the game’s mixture of intelectual and sport-related elements has the positive influence on one’s character and mind.

One’s participation in the game requires one to be focused and resilient. It makes  one learn the basics of ‘fair play’ concept and the ability to endure failures. Because of this, chess are considered an important factor in education of the young and teaching chess is now included in the school curricula in many countries.

Below you’ll find a mythical story which develops the concept of how many possibilities the game of chess brings with itself.

“…The Hindu sovereign Scheram, known from his boastfulness and conceit, incautiously agreed on gratifying the wise man Sessa for having invented chess by fulfilling his one wish. And what the surprise of the Indian rajah was, when he learned the sage’s only wish is to get the wheat grains for each of the following squares of the chessboard: for each square, the amount of the preceding square doubled. So, putting one grain on the first square, 2 on the second, 4 on the third etc. – the total number of the grains would be 18 446 744 073 709 551 615, that is, over 18 quintillions.”

As the calculations show, this amount is equal to the possibile number of grains being collected for the eight years in a row worldwide. Certainly, the content of the Hindi ruler’s granaries couldn’t have been enough to keep a promise given to the sage. (Modzelan, A. "Ucząc szachami")

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