James Moriarty can possibly make you learn to strategize.

James Moriarty can possibly make you learn to strategize.

Who’s the World’s Greatest Detective? It’s Sherlock Holmes! We decided to deduce the smart, attractive and observant Holmes as a creative minded, high-functioning sociopath. However, what makes Sherlock Holmes the greatest detective is his deadliest nemesis, Professor James Moriarty. He is the best suited super villain that Homes could come across. He is evil, witty and known to be the ‘Napoleon of Crime’.

What makes Moriarty best suited for Chess, is his ability to plan, plot and strategize. Chess is a game that needs patience, a cool mind and a designated power holder to take over the gameplay through sheer mind games.

How Joker is the exemplary opponent that you can ask for?

How Joker is the exemplary opponent that you can ask for?

What do we know about our super villains? One thing for sure is, they make our heroes stand out. But, is that it? Do they just glorify our heroes and prove the dominance of good over evil? It is time we hail our supervillains too. Even if we do, their contribution to the movies are significantly greater and more impactful. If that wouldn’t have been the case, we wouldn’t have considered Heath Ledger as an outstanding performer and thus winning an Oscar.

       The Psychology of Online chess   Recently in an interview, Anish Giri, the former chess prodigy was quoted saying, “Chess is Extremely Psychological”. Everyone knows this, but still what grabbed the attention of chess enthusiasts is, when he mentioned that a player should be in his/her ideal state of mind. He also said that observing the body language of your opponent can put you in a good place in the game. But then what about Online Chess? How do observe your opponents?     How does online chess psychology work differently than classical chess?     There are various players who have multiple tactics to trap opponents. Some players also observe others’ body language and decide their next move. But it’s very difficult to choose your next move by noticing the others’ if your opponent is a computer or a person sitting across a screen. Thus, online chess psychology is different from classical board chess psychology.     You need to win and in order to win, you need to guess your opponents’ next move. This blog is all about how online psychology works.     While you play traditional chess, there is a constant emotional perspective that is put into account that could influence your moves. While playing online, you either play against a computer or a stranger, thus impulsive decisions are out of question. This must be taken into consideration.           Avoid cheaters who try to bluff online. Cheating in online chess can be difficult to trace. However, we have noticed some phenomenon that can be seen in online chess. One such instance is a sudden change in play style or play strength may indicate cheating.             Playing online chess is fun when you intend to practice, but a major challenge is keeping up with your mental health. You know you are playing against a computer or a stranger. Being competitive is great but getting influenced by the way you perform can cause mental trauma. Being stressed is the last thing you want to be while you play chess. Don’t get overwhelmed by the other player’s performance.          There is a difference in dedication/focus that is needed to play chess. But over online, your focus can be disrupted by continuous pop-ups. These also entice players in shifting focus and drive them to gambling. Chess is a game that promotes patience, I.Q, E.Q etc, online chess on the other hand, may digress you from your target.         Motivation degrades as you don’t have a dedicated coach who could lift up your spirit in case of stress or depression. Call it a game or a sport, you need to be optimistic and come back with a thud. Thus being in the correct mindset is essential before you start aggressively playing online.        Recognise your potential and practice online chess. But it is recommended, as beginners, you should start with a coach so that they build up your strengths and mental health.

Recently in an interview, Anish Giri, the former chess prodigy was quoted saying, “Chess is Extremely Psychological”. Everyone knows this, but still what grabbed the attention of chess enthusiasts is, when he mentioned that a player should be in his/her ideal state of mind. He also said that observing the body language of your opponent can put you in a good place in the game. But then what about Online Chess? How do observe your opponents?

Is Online Chess Masking the Spirit of Traditional Chess?

Is Online Chess Masking the Spirit of Traditional Chess?

The World was in awe on February 10, 1996, when IBM’s Deep Blue beats Garry Kasparov. This was the first record of a computer defeating a human in chess. What followed up with such an event is building stronger technologies that could challenge the intelligence of man. After the event, Garry Kasparov, in an interview said that, “For machines to beat humans, it doesn't have to be perfect it just has to make less mistakes than a human. Humans eventually get less vigilant and make mistakes from tiredness. Machines don’t.”

In a very recent interview he made a statement which stated that he has been convinced by the fact that if humans and AI work together, the future can live up to the expectations of high ‘augmented intelligence’.

Don’t spy on your kids, a watchful eye over their online activity is enough

Don’t spy on your kids, a watchful eye over their online activity is enough

The internet is a treasure chest of knowledge, there is always something that was unknown to you. That’s what the internet was used for, to know the unknown. The World Wide Web is a vast universe and everyone would find something suiting their interest, however, kids of a tender age get distracted towards unfamiliar websites that keeps popping up on the screen.

What Online chess offers to people?

What Online chess offers to people?

Does playing chess make people smart or smart people are attracted towards chess? We might never find out the right answer to that. However, we already know that chess is the game of kings and emperors. It helped them strategize and plan their warfare. It helps them defend their throne by scrutinizing attacking possibilities of their opponent.

Online Chess for Kids

Online Chess for Kids

Parenting is a tough job. Both emotionally and intellectually, you get to experience new obstacles every day. There is a lot going on every day and it is so obvious to feel exhausted. You try to juggle between your work life and parenting and even try to nurture your kids in the limited time that you spend with them.

Playing the game against Alzheimer’s

Playing the game against Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a chronic neurological disorder that is caused due to damage or destruction of brain cells. It is known to be a common type of dementia that can lead to memory loss, problems in thinking and hinders daily functioning of an individual. Every year in India, more than 1 million cases are registered concerning Alzheimer’s.

While symptoms of the disorder vary from person to person, but early onset of alzheimer’s starts in early to mid 30’s and a late onset begins in the mid 60’s. Scientists still have found out various stages and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. It starts with memory problems in the preclinical stage of the disorder. It then progresses to mild, moderate and severe stages.

Role of chess in pacifying anxiety or panic attacks

Role of chess in pacifying anxiety or panic attacks

For some people, chess is one such board game that leads them to anxiety and panic attacks. It would be wrong to deny the fact that, for some people chess is stressful. It is because a person can relate to real-life situations while playing chess. Though they know it is a game, it seems to be a real life representation of various strenuous scenarios they have come across.

Actually, it is the other way around, chess has numerous benefits, it helps you make better decisions, strategise, increase IQ, improve memory, enhance problem solving skills and it also comes with being patient.

Chess's contribution to ADHD patients

Chess's contribution to ADHD patients

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a common mental disorder of the neurodevelopmental type that affects the regular activities of an individual, like difficulty in paying attention, hyperactive in performing daily tasks, unstable behaviour without thinking about prior consequences, irrespective of age.

It is a mental disorder that is estimated to prevail in India at a rate of 5.8%. Researchers discovered that the brain of an individual suffering from ADHD is 5% smaller than that of a person without it. The basic symptoms of the disorder usually begin in childhood but may continue until an adult stage. The symptoms can be really tough to be diagnosed among these people.

Does Chess help in healing Schizophrenic patients?

Does Chess help in healing Schizophrenic patients?

According to Google, Schizophrenia is “a long-term mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behaviour, leading to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into fantasy and delusion, and a sense of mental fragmentation.”

This might not be enough to sum up what a person suffering from Schizophrenia experiences. It is a broad prospect of mental awareness that needs to be addressed to the general population of the country. The Indian Psychiatric Society is trying hard to spread awareness about the mental disorder among the commoners through various programmes.

Let's change the definition of ‘cool’- this summer, learn to code your robot!

Let's change the definition of ‘cool’- this summer, learn to code your robot!

Designing a fully functioning robot may look challenging for a kid, however, under our guidance it can be both, educational and fun. Kids of this generation are smart, they are much more aware of the local and global scenes. They are privileged to have access to information that is available on their fingertips. Having said that, they have a diverse field of options to choose their passion. We are way past the time when ‘cool’ was restricted to just being popular amongst batch mates or part of a happening club in school. An inventive and smart child, who knows a new thing or two about building creative objects is cool. Spreading awareness about climate change, mental health awareness and even fighting against bullying is super cool. All these are real life initiatives which prove - kids can make a difference too.

This summer, let your kids explore

This summer, let your kids explore

The society or community we live in, the people we interact with and the behaviour we imbibe from them are all inter-linked. They create a long-lasting impression on the nature of kids. Their convictions are all based on the apprehensions that they make early in their life and later abide by these inculcated ideas. These days, parenting can be both difficult and tiring. You as a parent need to be equally cautious and patient. You need to be aware of the facts, situations and surroundings relating to your kid, at the same time be all understanding and composed to the issues that are evident. Your child can be an enigma to you, but you as a parent need to figure out what’s best for your child.

What does Summer Camp mean to your children?

What does Summer Camp mean to your children?

The transition of the seasons are always beautiful. It's divine to see so many colours after the cold winter months. Summers are extreme in a tropical country like India, but it is so much more than just heat and sweat, summers bring everything alive from hibernation.

Now that school’s over, children are either eager to go out for a family trip or excited for their summer camp. They are pumping with energy and keeping them at home will not do them any good. Then why not divert all that energy into gaining something valuable  and learning things that are constructive? Sending your kids to summer camp is an excellent option to let them steer their passion into productivity.

The Esteemed Women Chess Players of India

The Esteemed Women Chess Players of India

Women are contributing their best in each field. It is a pleasure to watch these women working hard, breaking barriers, and achieving their dreams. These are the same women who are mothers, sisters, aunts or the next door girl, whom with will and dedication have turned their life's around with this game.

History indicates chess as a leisure activity, but these days it is a highly competitive game that many men and women have perfected and made it their profession. It’s amazing to watch these women play the 'game of thrones'. Let us meet the queens of the game.

Chess Trivia

Chess Trivia

Bizarre winning strategies:

Ruy Lopez the famous priest and chess player of the 16th century advised chess players to make sure their opponents sit facing the sun. To quote him “Sit your opponent with the sun in his eyes.” Another popular bizarre winning strategy by Lucena, a famous chess player of that time is, if you want to beat your opponent, always play when they have their stomach filled with food and drinks. To quote him “ “Try to play after your opponent has eaten or drunk freely.”

Rejuvenating the Zest of life with a slight Sprinkle of Water

Rejuvenating the Zest of life with a slight Sprinkle of Water

Water is known as the essence of life. What’s surprising is, a substance that is colourless, odourless and tasteless could actually be the poet of the never-ending narrative called life. As a wise old man, water has always been the saviour for plants, animals, human life, and the initiation of entire civilizations. Maybe that’s why the sight of a looming dark cloud over a drought prone area, brings relief not just to the earthly beings but also the parched, scorching face of the earth.

If we consider photosynthesis, water plays a crucial part in photosynthesis. Without water, the plant can’t absorb Carbon Dioxide from the environment.

The beaming sunlight beckons the plant to sprout

The beaming sunlight beckons the plant to sprout

Since the ‘Big Bang’, sunlight has been known as the optimal source of energy, light and positivity. Every morning the innocent game of hide-and-seek ends with first streaks of light breaking through dawn, ending the darkness prevailing all over the earth. Sunrise is really a beautiful sight for the beholder, and it wakes the entire planet up from its long deep sleep. It does the same to a plant.

The rays of the morning sun shakes a plant up from its night cradle, energises it and reminds it to do its daily ritual. Day by day, It grows under the shelter of its mentor, the sun. What was a feeble sapling once, grows out to be a big strong tree. The sun nurtures a sapling, helps in photosynthesis and helps in growth.

A strong and sturdy plant speaks of the soil beneath

A strong and sturdy plant speaks of the soil beneath

A strong and sturdy plant speaks of the soil beneath; A soil that is well-ploughed, and watered; which breathes, replenishes and lets grow. The right soil does not merely give birth. It nourishes and sustains. Children are those saplings we plant with much hope and dreams. For them to nourish and grow into healthy minds, there needs to be a lot of digging around; a whole lot of watering and manuring, with patience and diligence.

How photosynthesis is not just essential for plants, but also for kids.

How photosynthesis is not just essential for plants, but also for kids.

Turn the pages of your 3rd Grade Environmental Science textbook and you would realise how early in your academics, you were introduced to the lessons of life. Though the origin of plants on earth, was traced back to around 3.5 billion years ago, they are still the reason for human life on earth. If we refer to our textbooks then, photosynthesis is a process through which plants take in Sunlight, Carbon Dioxide and Water and convert it into Oxygen. The growth of the plant depends on the intake of these three basic needs.