With more than 150,000 players worldwide recognized by the World Chess Federation, and over 800 million people playing chess regularly, the game of chess has never been more popular than ever. What is it that makes chess so beloved around the globe? Why are people buying chess sets and chess boards at such a high rate?
This article will look at the basics of the game to discover what has made it so popular over time.
The Competitive Spirit
Two people, a board of chess and two sets of chess pieces are the components of a game. These components, however, together make up a battle between wits and mental agility that appeals to our competitive spirit.
Humans are naturally competitive. Unfortunately, this has led to us constantly striving to be better than each other over time. This, however, is what makes us who we are and is probably why we have been able, as a species to achieve so many great things.
We are also extremely curious and love to solve problems. These are all essential to our continued survival and development. Many find the perfect arena to practice their inquisitive urges on the chessboard.
It can be played anywhere
Chess is a game that can be played anywhere, at any time. You only need a chessboard and some chess pieces, as well as an opponent to test your skills. You don't need much space, because chess sets are available in many sizes and shapes, making it possible to play even in small spaces.
This is before you even consider the chess-playing capabilities of the many smart devices available. You don't need a chess board, pieces, or an opponent to play a game on your smartphone. Just a few swipes and taps on the screen, someone in London can instantly connect with someone and play someone else in San Diego.
It's never been easier to join the game.
It's completely unpredictable
The number of moves that your chess pieces can make on any given chess board is almost limitless. There are more than 300 billion possible connotations for the first four moves of a game. You are much more likely to win the lottery twice in a single year than to win it once per month.
It's not a boring, monotonous board game. Instead, it tests your mind and offers many surprises for even the most experienced players.
It's not luck!
Most board games have dice, which adds an element of luck. You could lose, but if you throw the right dice, you can change the course of the game and win. This is without any skill or guile. There is no luck on a chessboard. You can only change the course of the game by outwitting your opponent.
Regular gamers know this, and it is what makes them fall for the game. You conquer the person in front of you or at the other end on an online game with your abilities, not your wealth.
You Can Make Your Chess Sets Beautifully Ornate
You won't be able to walk into someone's living room and find a beautiful Monopoly set, or a Snakes & Ladders Board. There are many chess boards and pieces that are just as beautiful as they are beautifully crafted.
Chess, unlike most board games, is a pastime that dates back nearly as far as recorded historical records. Over the centuries, some stunningly beautiful chess boards, pieces, and ornamental chess sets have been created.
Modern chess sets are made from a variety of materials, including wood, plastics, and metals. They can be used for decoration or as part of a collector's collection.
Scientists have shown that chess is not only fun to play, but can also be used to increase concentration and cognitive function. Chess can also be a great educational tool, especially for children.
- How to remain calm under pressure
- Abstract reasoning
- Recognition of patterns
- Problem solving
- Strategic Thinking
It's also been shown that the game can be used both sides of your brain. This means it's seen as a way to express yourself creatively which is something all people need. You can learn a lot from the game by being kind to your opponent, respecting their feelings and being gracious in defeat and victory.
We've seen that chess is multifaceted, multifunctional, and universally beloved across the globe. It offers a lot more than other pastimes in terms of personal growth, enjoyment, skill, and fulfilment.
Similar to how football ( , or soccer), is the most popular sport in the world, chess can be played by almost anyone on the planet. You only need a chessboard, either physical or virtual, and the time to play.
These qualities, along with the fact that there are no two games the same, make chess and its historical place secure. Its popularity is not likely to wane anytime soon. This means that it will continue to be played for hundreds of thousands of years, if possible.
Chess is the most popular game in the world and will continue to enjoy mass popularity.