Studies all over the world(Dr. Albert Frank, Congo, Dr. Yee Wang Fung, China, William M. Bart and Michael Atherton, University Of Minnesota, Canada, France, etc etc) have all come to the same conclusion, chess makes you smarter! Chess improves mental functions in all parts of the brain, this includes concentration, critical thinking, abstract reasoning, problem solving, pattern recognition, strategic planning, creativity, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation, just to name a few. The possibility of chess is endless! Countless Studies have been done that highlight the mental development of those who play chess compared to those who don’t and the results are staggering. Google “Dr. Adriaan de Groot 1974-1976 Belgium study” for a better understanding of the topic.