It's a reasonably long and involved game. My kids love it so much, they get so into it. You can see the gears clicking and the cogs turning. The brain is being exercised.
What happens if you put your pawn there? Is mummy likely to take it with her Queen? How do you get to your ultimate goal of killing your opponent's King? I'm always surprised when I'm busy concentrating on a little pawn when suddenly my King is under attack. My kids are good at attacking!
Just remembering how all the pieces move is enough to stretch my memory. There are heaps of other moves that you can read up on as well.
Chess is a great 3D game and exercises both parts of your brain. As we get older we focus more on one side, the left side and let our right side of the brain get lazy. The more we use both sides of the brain, the better. Brains need to be used and exercised to function at their maximum capacity.
When you're involved and enjoying something, you're more likely to concentrate for longer. Do that frequently and you'll soon improve your attention span and the attention span of your kids.
A study in 1991 looked at reading performance in primary schools and compared it with children who didn't play chess. The kids who played chess were above the national average for reading skills (and they were from a district that overall was below the national average.) I'm sure it's just to do with getting all those bits of your brain working.
Creativity is linked with the right side of your brain. Chess helps your children to come up with original, creative thoughts. See? All those benefits just from playing a game. The best part of all these brain-related benefits of playing chess is that they come naturally. You just play chess and have fun. You don't need to worry about the benefits, it's not like sitting down to study a book. And (whispers quietly) yep, it's great for your kids, but it's also great for you!
The earliest age to start the abacus math is normally about 4-5 years old.
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