Last week, one of my 5-year-olds, Charly Whyatt, had a surprise for me when I finished my lesson. He ran up to me with an adorable piece of art! He was clearly very proud of it and it looked like he had spent a lot of time on it. He said, "It's for you." I thanked him and it occurred to me that this is something that happens a lot with chess kids.
Like many art forms, chess is often seen as an elitist pastime. However, those who have experienced the joy of playing chess will know that it is a game that is open to anyone who is willing to learn.
Chess is a game that asks for strategic thinking and creativity. Like artists who paint their worlds within the confines of a canvas, chess players build their vision. Any art lover will be astounded to notice how grandmasters will follow similar principles of composition in their strategy as artists use in their art. There is symmetry, rhythm, an understanding of lines, and negative space. And just like in all compositions, no element is truly independent but connected to the whole. The best-placed pieces will attack, threaten, defend and block the opponent’s movement, all at the same time.
Below is a piece from Charly!!
The brain-boosting benefits of playing chess
Chess is an excellent game for your brain! It has been shown to enhance your memory, concentration, and problem-solving skills. In one study, young children who learned to play chess showed an increase in their IQ scores. Chess also helps you to improve your planning and organizational skills. All of these benefits can be seen in both your personal and professional life.
How art can make you smarter
: Art can also make you smarter. A study done by the University of Texas found that students who took an art class scored higher on their SATs than students who didn’t. Art also helps to improve your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. And like chess, it can also increase your IQ.
The connection between chess and art
: So, why are chess and art the perfect combination? Because they both offer brain-boosting benefits. Chess improves your memory, concentration, and problem-solving skills, while art helps to improve your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Both chess and art can also increase your IQ.
How to get started combining chess and art
: If you're interested in combining chess and art, you can do a few things. You can take a chess class and an art class. You can also join a chess club and an art club. Or, you can start playing chess and making art on your own.
Tips for making the most of your chess and art experience
: Here are a few tips for making the most of your chess and art experience:
Don’t be afraid to experiment.
Practice, practice, practice.
The benefits of combining chess and art
: There are so many benefits to combining chess and art! For one, you’ll get the brain-boosting benefits of both chess and art. And second, you’ll get to show off your love of both activities. And third, you’ll be able to impress your friends and family with your new skills. Go ahead and splurge on it!