How Chess and Imagination Relate

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Artists, leaders, educators and pretty much anyone in any field can enhance our world through creativity and imagination.  So what does this have to do with chess?  Everything!

Chess helps a child develop his or her imagination.  After all we're just looking at a board with 64 squares and a bunch of pieces that can move around in different ways until the players breathe life into their games.  As the pieces take their place on the battlefield, positions form and opportunities open up, but only if you can see them in your mind's eye.

As a person improves, each position communicates more and more to him or her.  One starts recognizing patterns and becomes able to plan future attacks.  The way to win a game of chess is to plan out a strategy and follow through with it.  You must be able to imagine your goal and then take the necessary steps to carry it out. 

Apply this to any aspect of your life and you will do well.  Decide what you want to accomplish, set the goal and then do what is needed to make that happen.  Maybe you have a new business idea.  Maybe you want a buy a home or you want to write a novel.  The possibilities are endless and are under your control.

If we can teach our children early that it is okay to dream and that those dreams can come true, we might just be looking at an unstoppable next generation!

Laura Sherman is owner of Your Chess Coach, a company devoted to teaching children how to play chess. We teach private lessons locally, group classes in schools and lessons over the net to remote locations. For more information please visit www.yourchesscoach.com

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