Applying Chess Skills to Real Life – No

Chess teaches useful skills for real life

The games we play not only serve as a diversion for us from our daily lives, but they are meant as learning tools as well. Chess can teach people how to analyze a situation, how to plan ahead, and even how to analyze people.

Chess teaches you to analyze a situation. When a chess player sits down to a chessboard, that player immediately starts to analyze the board to see what pieces are still in play, what moves can be made, and then they start planning from there. This is a skill that is easily applied to daily life. You can walk into any situation and start to analyze it to figure what is going on, and how you can best interact with it. For example if you walk into a room where there are red blotches on the walls, you immediately look around for the source of that red – is it paint or something more sinister? A more common example would be encountering two children arguing, and you look around for signs of what they are arguing over, and clues as to what happened.

Chess teaches you plan ahead. The best chess players think many moves ahead of their current turn, as they plan the possible outcomes from their next move. This is very useful in real life when making any long term plans. When you are planning your career for example, you choose a entry level job that will allow you to move towards your career goals, and you might even plan three or four future jobs you want to be promoted into during your career. Many people do not even consider this level of planning. Chess players do, and often benefit from it by being prepared for the future.

Chess helps you analyze people. If your opponent makes a series of moves that you recognize, you can expect the pattern to continue. Or if you make an unorthodox move that flusters your opponent, you can use that to your advantage. When this skill is highly developed, the chess player can analyze people in any situation much like poker players. One example of applying this skill is in an interview for a new job where you can understand the reactions of the interviewer to better answer the questions they are asking.

While there are many other skills you can refine while playing chess these alone are enough to improve your life in many ways if you apply them to real life. People who can analyze a situation, plan ahead, and analyze people are in demand in all walks of life. In short you can use chess to become a better person if you apply yourself.