Are Chess Players a Particular Type?

By: James Bennett


Is there a particular type of person that is attracted to the game of chess? Ask around and the most common answer you'll receive is that they tend to be intellectuals, serious, studious, and maybe even boring! Well, we dispute that - the stereotypical image of a player in tweed jacket and black-framed glasses just isn't true and once you realize the different types of characters that enjoy this ancient game you'll soon want to join in the fun too!

There are no common looks when it comes to what a chess player looks like or their personality as they derive from all walks of life. Senior citizens play to pass the time, maintain a social circle and keep their mental faculties sharp, children play to improve memory skills, in some schools it's even become part of the curriculum, and millions of people of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities are known to enjoy tasking their brains.

People who play do so for different reasons and motivations; some get involved for the social aspect and to make new friends, or to keep their brains active, whilst others have an ambition to become professional players. Some play to win, others just for pleasure.

The common generalisation is that anyone who plays is smarter than the average person, which isn't actually true. Although learning and playing a tactical game like this is said to improve memory skills and so on, there are just as many bright people in the world who don't play. That said however, various studies have shown it to aid cognitive development and develop the ability to solve problems, think logically and heighten mental alertness, just to name a few of its benefits. Get yourself a cheap chess board to start with and then invest in something of better quality once sure it's a game for you.

The typical image of a chess player is often portrayed as an old guy, but this also isn't true. All ages like to play, and many of them are children, as we said before some schools have now added it to the curriculum and it's increasingly popular with the younger generation. Clubs usually have a mixture of ages pass through their door, and many of them are women too.

Board games are enjoyed all over the world; it's a game that's fashionable in Asian countries, India, Russia, and The United Arab Emirates, as well as western societies, and its reputation is rapidly picking up speed in the vast continent of Africa. A folding wooden chess set is particularly fashionable as it can be carried anywhere and produced at any time.

There are rumours that people who play aren't quite as socially adept as the rest of the population! Well, there might be some truth in that as there are a lot of different folk who play, but then there are a lot of bizarre people everywhere so that's just a matter of probability. When you think of the millions that play on a classic chess set then there is sure to be a small percentage that don't quite fit into the "normal" category, whatever "normal" is.

This brings us into the category of geeks. What is a geek exactly? Some define it as someone with a higher intellect, perhaps not interested in fashion, and prefers their own company to others. Chess players are a mixed bunch - just take a look at Alexandra Kosteniuk, a Russian Grandmaster and fashion model, or Susan Polgar, a Hungarian-American Grandmaster who made history by being the first ever female player to qualify to compete in the Men's World Chess Championship.

A magnetic travel chess set is perfect for those away from home a lot as they can be fitted into a travel bag very easily. Check them out for convenience and affordability and start challenging people in different continents, just for fun!

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James Bennett has worked for chesssets.co.uk and is a Grandmaster of folding wooden chess set. The company has been based in Somerset, UK, since 2011 and pride themselves on supplying quality cheap chess board products sourced from various countries. Connected to the JDS group they retail only online.

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