Chess is a complicated game hiding behind a simple board and two sets of pieces. How complicated? Consider this: The number of potential moves in chess is large enough to trump the total number of atoms in the entire universe! There are more than 318 billion moves just for the first four actions of any game.
Around 600 billion people across the world know how to play the game. There's no age limit on learning or playing chess, and there are many benefits for seniors who want to get into this classic board game. Whether you're looking to play against online opponents or set up a chess tournament in your assisted living community, get some tips for playing chess as an older adult below.
Before we dive into ways to learn about chess or improve your tactical game, let's look briefly at why older adults might want to play more chess. Here are just a few benefits associated with playing the game:
You're never too old to learn chess! Here are a few tips for seniors who want to learn to play chess for the first time:
Anyone can play chess once they know how all the pieces move. But to get more skilled at winning the game, you need to learn tactics and strategies. For the most part, chess tactics involve learning, recognizing and responding to patterns. That does involve some memorization.
You can start with books and videos for that too. Older adults who may not want to memorize entire books on chess — or may not be able to — could start with something simpler like a few opening strategies. Choose one skill and work solely on it until you've got it close to mastered and know you've memorized it. Then, you can move on to another to slowly build chess-playing skills. You may never be a master chess player, but that's okay. Keep in mind that it's about enjoying the game and spending time with others.
Whether you're looking for something fun to do with other residents at Park Regency assisted living in Thornton or you just want another option for improving your mind, chess may be a great investment of your time.