Study Finds Chess Significantly Improves Creative and Critical Thinking Skills

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#1 21 September, 2017 - 16:19
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Study Finds Chess Significantly Improves Creative and Critical Thinking Skills


I found this study about two years ago that showed chess significantly improves critical and creative thinking skills. In particular, it shows a 6-fold increase in fluency, a 4-fold increase in flexibility, and a 2-fold increase in originality. This study and others like it on the extraordinary cognitive benefits of chess are all the more reason to play games like it. The first study (links below - the top link, by Robert Ferguson) is the best I've found. Any thoughts and comments on this topic are welcome and encouraged.

http://www.scholasticchess.mb.ca/docs/ciers.pdf

http://rknights.org/news/benefits-of-chess/

https://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/the-case-for-chess-as-a-tool-to...

http://www.quadcitychess.com/benefits_of_chess.html

8 October, 2017 - 16:08
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I used to play The Sims (life simulation video game) and remember that a Sim's "Logic" skill would increase when s/he played chess.

I could see myself getting back into that game series (The Sims, not chess) if there was also a "memory techniques" task for Sims that would allow Sims in school to study/do homework faster when they got to a certain "level" of the memory techniques task.

Fun fact: I actually learned to play chess before learning to play checkers as a kid. Checkers is an easier game, but I feel there's little strategy to it.

Speaking of board games, the game Cluedo is known as Clue in the US, for some reason.

8 October, 2017 - 18:52
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It seems the developers of the Sim's game were well aware of the logical thinking skills developed in playing chess. Keep in mind, however, that creativity is also significantly enhanced - that is proven in studies and in practice. Play the game on a regular basis and you will notice your own problem solving skills improve significantly.

As for the game clue, it was fun playing as a kid, but the important thing is to play games that challenge you to really think hard about ways around problems, about manipulating variables to solve those problems, and about how to overcome various short-term and long-term difficulties.

10 October, 2017 - 14:16
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Speaking of board games, the game Cluedo is known as Clue in the US, for some reason.

Clue is actually called Cluedo???

10 October, 2017 - 15:12
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Cluedo? I didn't have a clue though! ;)

10 October, 2017 - 18:05
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Anyone up for a chess game?

12 October, 2017 - 09:41
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Sure. What website/platform?

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