‘Lady’s Gambit‘is one of those series that hooks. Not only because of its protagonist, Beth Harmon, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, but because of the game she plays. It is also one of those television series that generate movements. The series has been a boom in the world of chess. Chess game sales on eBay grew 250% and Google searches of “how to play chess“They were the highest in nine years. In addition, the number of players on Chess.com had 2.5 million new registered users in November alone, he details. Alberto Chueca, international master, coach and professional chess player.
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The benefits of chess
“He Chess It is one of the activities that most helps to exercise the mind. Some of these benefits are the development of creativity and imagination through the calculation of variants, memorization, which is constantly exercised, patience to be able to face competition games of up to five hours and focus on the design of strategic plans, “he explains. According to the chess player, who offers online classes, this board game also stimulates both sides of the brain and having to interact with another person, socialization.In turn, it is a sport practiced individually so it also teaches independence and improves decision-making.
As we can see, chess is a fascinating game and the miniseries ‘Lady’s Gambit’ is helping many to discover it and get started in this discipline, something that will undoubtedly result in better mental health. And, as this chess player explains, “at a health level, there are associations and programs that use chess to prevent Alzheimer’s or fight ADHD (Attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity)”.
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An activity suitable for everyone
If you are wondering if you can start learning to play chess, the answer is yes. What’s more, we would tell you not to hesitate, thanks to all its benefits. “Today we all understand the importance of physical activities, whether in gyms or outdoors. The health benefits associated with these are innumerable. However, not so much importance is given to the fact that exercise the mind when it is the key to our lives, although it is true that this trend has been reversing notably in recent decades, “recalls Alberto Chueca.
But if you doubt because you consider that you are no longer of age or you are afraid of not being able to learn it, give it a try, because you will be surprised. “In the past, chess was mistakenly associated with being an activity designed for very intelligent people. That idea has already been banished and it is known that anyone can play chess and is chess the tool that transforms people by developing their mental capacities. It is not intelligent people who play chess, but the practice of chess makes people develop their full mental potential, “says this specialist on the board.
The teacher also assures that after a decade dedicated to teaching chess to a large number of students and currently training a world champion ‘sub10’, he could say that 98% of one’s chess level can be acquired through learning, constant work and practice. It is only 2% what would correspond to natural, biological or innate talent. From here we could conclude that you can even reach the elite without having innate talent. That innate virtuosity that does not depend on ourselves is very limited and would be the difference between being in the elite and being a world champion.
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Chess does not understand ages
Therefore, if you liked the Queen’s Gambit so much that you want to start learning this technique, go ahead. No matter how old you are. And, as the chess player explains, “it is a sport that can be practiced at any age. As a curiosity, there have been several cases where a 5-year-old person has competed in an official tournament against a 95-year-old, something that hardly happens in other sports. From 4 and 5 years old, you can begin to recognize the pieces, teach the basic rules and movements and from 5-6 years, children can begin to calculate positions and combinations of 1 move to later calculate 2 and go adding difficulty progressively. Through the recognition of tactical patterns, they associate ideas that are repeated in numerous positions “.
Finally, if you are interested in learning and improving quickly in chess, there are three fundamental factors that Alberto Chueca lists and explains:
- The first is the advice and methodology of a professional. He Support from a chess coach is key, especially in those parts of conceptual understanding. The most practical part such as calculation or tactics can be worked on more individually. Practically all the people who compete in chess, even in low-level tournaments, teach regularly or have a coach behind them.
- The second factor would be the constancy. As in any discipline, you can only achieve great qualitative improvements if you are active and train regularly.
- And finally, the interest, which would put even above talent. If a student is interested, it makes the job easier for the coach and concepts are acquired more quickly.
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