One of the fundamental things chess teaches is the ability to plan and execute a course of action. Being a strategy game, it makes players think of different options before they make a move and the implications each move has on the opponent. They also learn to think of the possible actions that the other player may make to counter their line of attack. Such logical thinking enhances the ability of the player to think, plan and strategize.
Let’s look at the ways how this thinking helps beginners to improve their execution ability.
Chess is a game with an objective: The simple objective of chess is to get a win, or a checkmate in the game’s parlance, against the opponent. All plans, strategies and moves are made to this end. Since players have this objective in mind, they use every game plan and trick in the book to get to the goal. All this is done over a board of 64 squares. Since winning is possible only if the players make the moves, they learn about well-planned execution that helps them get to the final objective.
Innumerable options: Chess provides a player with innumerable moves and options. They can choose between any of the pieces they have and devise plans that take shape over the next few moves. This, in turn, being part of a larger strategy to win and helps the beginner to think and choose between the different moves they have. Such an approach helps people to differentiate between various choices and opt for the one that makes sense to them in terms of the end objective. This helps in the development of the ability to take action based on logical reasoning and enhances the player’s overall execution ability.
Strategies that evolve: In chess, one can go with a certain plan of action in mind and see that go to pieces within a few minutes. This means that each strategy has to evolve innumerable times over the course of a game. This requirement to plan, evolve and re-plan helps people to take action based on changing circumstances. This consequently helps them to move ahead despite the setbacks and makes them learn how to execute strategies based on newer alternatives.