Is Chess Bad For You? (Is It Too Stressful)

Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 10:53 pm

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Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 10:53 pm

Chess is loved by many people around the world. It is an intricate game where you do your best to put your opponent in checkmate (although draws do sometimes happen in chess)

The best way to put your opponent in checkmate is by capturing most of the units on the board or pinning your opponent’s king in a corner or behind other pieces. Its especially important to take your opponent’s queen since she is so powerful.

But some people feel like chess could be bad for you? How could it be bad though? 

Chess, like any other game or sport, can lead to an immense amount of stress. Chess could be bad for you as an individual, but each player needs to assess their overall health and their personal reactions to stress.

Although chess is supposed to just be a game if it becomes more than that to you then it could certainly lead to increased stress levels. Matter of fact, researchers even ran tests to see if playing chess increased stress levels! 

While experts didn’t show an increase in stress while playing chess, beginners absolutely did!

Now if you think about it, that makes sense as an expert chess player would want to be calm and collected under pressure while a beginner wouldn’t have learned that skill yet. So while there are many pros to playing chess it can certainly be stressful if you are constantly worried about whether you are winning or losing. 

If you become obsessed with chess you could spend all day practicing and planning the best moves making sure you know exactly where you should move your chess pieces to and from.

Chess can also be stressful since often it is played in front of people in tournaments, at a chess club, or even with other people around watching your every move and critiquing it. If that doesn’t start to stress you out at least a little bit then I don’t think you are human! 

Compare the stress that people might have playing chess to other easier games like checkers. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a checker’s club in a school but many of them have chess clubs. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a checker’s tournament but I certainly have seen one for chess. 

Just by chess being a more difficult game it can increase your stress levels but the fact that it is common for people to watch your every move makes it even more stressful. 

Why Is Chess So Stressful?

There are a variety of reasons why playing chess might be stressful to you. Some common reasons that chess might be considered stressful are: 

  • The many different choices that you can make
  • People are watching your every move
  • You have to think many steps ahead
  • A single mistake can cost you the game
  • There are many different ways to win and lose and you have to consider them all. 

In chess we see in real time who is winning and who is losing. Since people are actively watching you win or lose it can be an extra stressful experience. Plus since chess has no time limits (in most games) then the stress from playing can extend for a long period of time as well.

Chess is an intense sport. And because of this it can put stress on players of all levels. It can be extremely stressful since it is especially difficult to win if your opponent is motivated to beat you. 

The stress response is closely linked to how your performance is assessed. The more stressful tasks are and the more public they are the more stress you will have when doing them. 

Chess involves not only playing the game but also being watched while you are playing so stress levels often skyrocket. 

Another reason why chess may be stressful is that chess players may spend all day playing the game and not take enough breaks or take time to eat and drink properly in between matches (especially in a tournament setting). When you don’t stop to eat or drink properly this can mess your body up and make you feel bad making the stress even worse. 

Chess engages the mind during the entire game and with the average game lasting about 90 minutes that is a lot of concentration. When playing, players must consider their opponent’s next move, where to move their pieces, and more. 

This can be extremely stressful to do for long periods of time. 

However, chess can help combat these things by keeping the mind sharp. 

Besides being mentally stressful, chess is also a demanding sport. It requires adaptability, and players must think logically and methodically to make the right moves at the right time. Chess players must also have good memory and pattern recognition skills. 

If they don’t possess these skills, they’ll never advance and it will be extremely frustrating. If you’re interested in learning how to play chess, consider hiring a coach to help you.

The stress of a chess match can be reduced if you can focus on a strategy. Chess players need to have a calm mind when they play, since this calm mind allows them to make the right decisions without being distracted by the stressors around them. 

Chess players can also use the game as a distraction from other stressful issues that might be going on in their lives. The game can help to calm down aggressive students and even improve concentration as well. 

Since you want to checkmate the opponent’s king, and there are many ways for you to do that (or fail at it) quite simply playing chess can be an extremely stressful situation. 

A Little Chess History

Chess has been around since at least the 10th century (according to experts) but yet is still a popular game to this day. Chess involves 6 normal pieces: 

  • Pawns
  • Knights
  • Bishops
  • Rooks 
  • Queens
  • Kings

Many people believe that chess (or a chess-like game) originated in ancient Persia. The Persians called it chatrang. It spread rapidly to Asia, Africa, and Europe. After the Muslim conquest of Persia, the game made its way to Europe. 

It quickly gained popularity with merchant classes and the upper class during the Middle Ages. Today, chess is played all over the world.

The exact origin of the game of chess is uncertain. Many sources point to India as the birthplace of the game, but there is little archaeological evidence to support this claim. Other sources point to other cultures as the origins of the game. 

Chinese chess is often considered the most likely origin of chess, but this theory is flawed because it fails to reconcile the differences between Chinese and Western chess. The origins of the game are a complex puzzle and no one is sure exactly where the game began.

In the early modern era, chess was regarded as a game of strategy and tactics. The game’s development was fueled by the rise of strong female leaders and the recasting of the advisor. In the twentieth century, the game gained popularity as a game of critical thinking and problem-solving. 

A Short History Of Chess by H.J.R. Murray was published in 1913 and has been reprinted several times over the years. The book is considered one of the most books if you want to learn more about chess history.

If you want to know more, you can always visit your local library to read this and other chess books as well.

Last updated on September 14th, 2022 at 10:53 pm

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