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The chessboard reveals: The King and the queen are equally responsible for the chessboard.

The chessboard reveals: The King and the queen are equally responsible for the chessboard.

A very common question that might have come across the mind of every rookie is why is the ‘queen’ most powerful piece on the chessboard? To answer this question, we have to go back in time. Historians believe the queen rose to power in the 15th century. Before that, the queen, who was previously known as the ‘fers’ or the ‘advisor’ was the weakest piece on the board. The advisor could only move one square diagonally. Why it became powerful, is because the game of chess that was once limited to a part of the world spread across the European continent during the 15th century. Due to the presence of many influential female monarchs in the continent, the game went through some crucial changes. These changes made the Queen, all-powerful and important. 

In the time of video games, which junction does chess stand at?

In the time of video games, which junction does chess stand at?

Not just kids, firstly, we all are culprits here. We all are addicted to the screen as much as any kid. Kids generally mimic the behaviour of their parents or whomever they spend their time with. They are quick learners and according to Dr Howard Klein, the director of behavioural pediatrics at Sinai Hospital, Baltimore "A 1-year-old understands that the actions he's copying have a significance,"

So, if at the age of 6-7 he/she is inclined to play video games more than usual, it is a behavioural tendency he/she picked up while growing up. How can you stop them from engaging into video games? The answer is you can’t. You can limit their access but can’t stop them from playing video games completely.

Know the Top 5 Youngest Grandmasters in the World?

Know the Top 5 Youngest Grandmasters in the World?

These kids are young and they are the best at what they do. Being a chess master is a dream for every kid who adores chess. But these kids have made a place in the world named as the Youngest Grandmasters. You know your game well, but do you know them? Let us take some inspiration from these little geniuses. 

The Game that Tames Your Mind - Chess and its disciplinary skills

The Game that Tames Your Mind  - Chess and its disciplinary skills

In an intriguing scene from the 2010 movie The Karate Kid, the young protagonist Dre Parker is spellbound by a Kung-Fu practitioner who, perched perilously on a high wall, makes a cobra reflect her moves. Dre’s Kung-Fu master Mr. Han explains to the fascinated kid that the practitioner is like "still water, quiet and calm, reflecting whatever that looks at it, like a mirror".

The wise teacher’s explanation of how a trained and focused mind achieves such force of tranquility carries so much weight in today’s world. Retrieving our minds in the days of media surplus is becoming a herculean task. Our children are maze runners, trapped in a labyrinth of information, –both essential and dispensable – struggling to find an exit. 

How do they learn to tap into that innate energy? When can they pause and learn to focus?

Chess is everything: Art, Science and Sport - Anatoly Karpov

Chess is everything: Art, Science and Sport - Anatoly Karpov

What we generally like to do is systemise everything in our life. Categorize, classify and sort everything around us and make life easy. But, not everything must be classified or can be sorted. Some are unique in their own way. Just like chess. Is it a game, a sport, an art or science? We don’t know, but we know it’s popular and educational. It is played across borders, irrespective of age, gender or community. It is an activity that unities people. 

The 3 Best Chess Clubs in Bangalore

The 3 Best Chess Clubs for kids in Bangalore


  • ZugZwang- This one is a premium chess institute in Bangalore that believes in training your child to be future-proof. The world is moving towards technology swiftly and you need your child to be updated for the future. However, this institute is known to build India’s first brain gym for kids. The objective is to enhance fluid intelligence in kids through various recreational activities like Robotics, Coding, Chess, Maths and Rubik’s Cube. They promise to gift your child with a strong cognitive ability to critically think, make logical decisions, make decisions based on circumstances and solve problems. 


  • Bangalore Chess Academy- Preserving the mission to provide a new platform for the new talent in the country, Bangalore Chess Academy was established in 2005. Being one of the oldest chess academies in Bangalore, it has always upheld the dignity of chess both nationally and internationally. If you want your kid to learn from a professional chess player, FIDE Trainer Vedant Goswami could be one of the best. The institution has received prestigious acclamation with the extensive effort of all its trainers and students. 

  • Mind Mentorz- What started as a passion for the founders,  has now spread across places within a span of five years. With an aim to grow the cognitive thinking skills among its students, Mind Mentorz help kids be the master of their own creativity and imagination. Through Chess, Rubik’s Cube, Coding and Robotics, they have already created a platform for kids to enjoy their after school hours. Playing and learning simultaneously. 

These are the premium chess clubs in Bangalore that will nurture your child and their future. All of these institutions have an individual goal to make the future of the country reliable and strong-willed. Enroll your kids for any recreational activity of their choice to bring out the best in them.  

The Little Chess Masters who made Karnataka proud with their Chess Skills

The Little Chess Masters who made Karnataka proud with their Chess Skills

Learning new activities is fun for everyone. However, it has been speculated that children are better at learning chess than adults. Why is it so? Though it has not been proved, it is assumed that children take up new activities not as a task but a medium to celebrate, smile and laugh. They later get engaged in those activities that help them express better. At first, even chess is a way of expression for kids which later turns into an interest, plus they don’t have external pressure to perform, so whatever time they invest on it, they grasp the tricks and techniques well. So, who are these little geniuses in your state, Karnataka? Let’s find out. 

Magneto the Antihero or the superhero?

Magneto the Antihero or the superhero?

The distinction between a Superhero and an Antihero is simple. It’s the principles or vision they embrace. A hero would be portrayed as a person who serves the humankind and a villain is one who wishes to destroy it. But is that simple? There are different kinds of humans in this planet, all having a distinctive personality, a likely or even unlikely perspective towards things. Is protecting their kind from the enemies an evil thing to do? Then what makes Magneto a villain?

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.