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Prakash Bansal, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
Recently India has decided that it will officially bid for the 2016 World Schools Chess Championship. The bid will be opened in the FIDE presidential meeting slated to be held at Moscow on March 28 and 29. Previously, Mumbai and Pune have already hosted this prestigious tournament and this year Nagpur is all geared up to host it.
Such decisions are a great way how other sports apart from Cricket can be promoted among the young children. With the likes of Viswanathan Anand and Koneru Humpy Indians have role models to look up to. These events are a great way to compete against the best talent from around the world and bring out the best young talent.
Also it has been proved in various studies that playing Chess helps people to inculcate intellectual skills in them.Merim Bilalic, a member of the German researchers team from the cognitive psychology department of the University of Tübingen, stated in an interview that the experts’ brains handled the chess tasks quite remarkably compared to that of the novices. The study inferred that expertise is an acquired–and not an innate–skill. It drew a very sobering message: constant exposure to the game cultivates intellectual adeptness.
Not all of the enthusiasts in any particular activity takes it up as a profession. Playing chess will expose them to gain new skills and abilities that will add value within themselves irrespective of wherever they choose to go. After all, chess is our game and there shouldn’t be any stone left unturned to restore its glory.