The FCT Sports department have organized a summer training session on how to play chess for students in primary and secondary schools in Abuja in collaboration with the Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF).
In a statement signed by the Head, Media and Communications, FCT Sports Department, Vivian Onubogu, quoted the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Rtd), Sani Mohammed who is the Chairman, Care Taker Committee, NCF telling the kids the benefits they will gain from playing the game.
“Playing chess depends on your level of absorption. It could take a month to learn, while for some it takes years. For you to be engaged in chess you must possess the attributes that helps in brain development.
“These attributes include patience, perseverance, observation, changes in intelligence quotient (I.Q), higher order thinking, analytical mind. In chess you don’t move with instinct you calculate before you move.
“There are some health benefits to be derived from playing chess; it grows dendrites, it exercises both sides of the brain, decreases risk of Alzheimer’s disease, helps treat schizophrenia, improves children’s thinking and problem-solving skills, builds self-confidence, helps with rehabilitation and therapy,” he said.
Mohammed further urged the that kids should combine physical sports and chess which is a brain game,
“You have to be physically fit and mentally sound. There is a symbiotic relationship between physical sports and mental sport. Engaging in other physical sports as research has shown that 70%o of human energy is concentrated in the brain,” he said.