International Chess Day 2022: What are the benefits of playing this board game?
- July 20 is celebrated as International Chess Day
- This day holds significance because the FIDE was founded on this day on 1924
- Playing chess can improve ADHD and reduces the risk of Alzheimer's
July 20 is marked as International Chess Day every year. This day holds great importance because it is the day when the International Chess Federation (FIDE) was founded in 1924.
Children no longer play classic board games as often as they used to because of the increased use of electronic devices, which has increased the number of screen hours. Playing chess can provide a temporary refuge from the damaging UV rays that are released by modern technology.
Chess is known to increase a child's IQ and creativity, according to some studies, and it can also lower an elderly person's chance of developing Alzheimer's disease.
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History and Significance
Since 1966, this day has been recognised as International Chess Day, according to a suggestion made by UNESCO. FIDE has 181 chess federations as members. The UN General Assembly declared 20 July 2019 to be World Chess Day on 12 December of that year.
The day is observed as International Chess Day because the FIDE (International Chess Federation) was founded on this day in the year 1924.
FIDE celebrates this day by conducting chess competitions and events all around the world.
Benefits of playing chess
Playing chess provides a number of benefits:
1. Enhances memory
Chess is proven to help boost memory and stave off Alzheimer's, a condition linked to memory loss. The game requires a lot of moves and techniques, which must be practised over time in order to become proficient. This helps to improve memory and overall efficiency.
2. Boosts focus
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, or ADHD, is a condition where a person finds it difficult to focus on their work. It is becoming increasingly common in both adults and children. This game is known to assist in overcoming ADHD as it demands intense focus and hones your mind to be attentive to the topic at hand, which results in improved performance at work, less time wasted, and more success.
3. Protects against mental illnesses.