A mind sport is a sport or a game of skill where the mental
component is more significant than the physical.
Such games which include chess, checkers, darts and dominoes are not only fun and enjoyable but they promote good mental health and social skills
Mind games challenge the brain and trains the mind and this improves memory, cognitive ability, thinking, reaction time and many other skills that are essential for development and growth. A simple game of checkers, chess, or draughts are the keys to unlocking thinking skills and can promote healthy brain function in the elderly, and stimulate brain development in younger children.
Checkers is an age old game that requires a lot of strategy to be good at, but little to play and it keeps you thinking logically and encourages critical thinking. Children who are exposed to playing checkers at an early age tend to show more potential in school.
Chess is another great board game that forces immense thinking skills and it is now becoming a popular game at some schools that participate in inter-school chess tournaments.
Being a good player means recalling the moves of your opponent and problem solving skills and this leads to better organizational skills in children, better memory and improve concentration. Numerous studies of students in the U.S., Russia, China, and elsewhere showed that the intense concentration that the game demands improves young people's ability to focus.
Another study of 4,000 Venezuelan students produced significant rises in the IQ scores of both boys and girls after 4 months of chess instruction.
There are obviously many benefits from getting involved in mind sports, most of which are inexpensive and easily available.
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Harrison College Retains Chess Title in 2018
Harrison College are still the kings and queens of secondary schools’ chess.
The Crumpton Street school retained their title by overcoming archrivals Queen’s College on the second and final day of the Barbados Chess Federation’s Inter-School Secondary Championships at The St Michael School on Saturday.
The two schools were separated by just one point at the half-way stage of the competition but Harrison College withstood their challengers to emerge winners by a scoreline of 126-121.
Boasting ten Carifta selectees in their 15-member squad, Harrison College justified their tag as favourites and won two of the three age-groups.
They were most impressive in the Under-20 section, prevailing 41-30 with a team that included four members – Nitin Mahtani, Kyle Sandiford, Gabriela Cumberbatch and Taiye Estwick – heading off to the seventh Carifta Chess Championships in Suriname over the Easter weekend. They took a step towards the title by brushing aside St Michael 10-0 and also enjoyed a bye.
Queen’s College were made to fight harder before completing a 6-4 win against their “B” team and also had a bye.
The battle between the two schools in the Under-15 division was much closer but Harrison College, fielding Carifta medallists Leigh Sandiford and Azaria Johnson, along with fellow national selectees Pritika Kandamaran and Gaybrianna Moore and Amelia Valdez, edged out their opponents 53-52.
Both schools were big winners on the final day with Harrison College defeating their Under-13 team 9-1, Providence 10-0 and Queen’s College Under-13 10-0, while Queen’s College beat their Under-13 ‘A’ team 8-2, their Under-13 ‘B’ team 10-0 and Alexandra 10-0.
Queen’s College, however, enjoyed the better of Harrison College in the Under-13 section which was merged with the Under-15 division. The Husbands, St James school took the honours 39-32 but it was not enough to deny Harrison College the overall title.
Harrison College student Leigh Sandiford, helped his school to retain the title they won in 2017.