“Chess has long been the game of gentleman, geniuses, philanthropists and other gifted people. This has formed an incredibly wide misconception around the word that ONLY geniuses and gifted people can play the game and it is strictly designed for them. If someone was asked to name the first things that come to their mind when they hear ‘chess player’, it would be ‘old’, ‘smart’, ‘talented’, ‘genius’ and many other things unrelated to everyday people… But once again, this is a misconception – it is a false belief injected to people by mass media.
The reality of chess is different – it actually is an incredibly beneficial pastime, because playing chess results in better brain function, improved memory and cognitive abilities, strategic thinking and attention improvement. All of these benefits are directly related to the practice of chess, both in real-life and virtual environments, which means that chess is the answer to the question – ‘Is there a game where I can have fun AND get benefits from?’”