My grandsons in Dayton play lots of chess. Lots as in daily. The chess board sits on the living room coffee table, not idly when the two boys are at home.
They’ve been playing for years, both having won grade school championships. In fact, they played each other in the finals one year.
Last night when I went to bed, a hoopin and hollaring began downstairs. It was the boys at chess. Oblivious to what is around them they began percussion rhythms (both are drummers), then added vocal or gutteral sounds, sometimes imitating a band instrument, an opera singer or a lost animal. I finally fell asleep under the influence.
Recently I heard a child psychologist say that kids should mind what they feed their brains. He complained that popular music, late TV shows an, violent video games are junk food for the brain. In my opinion chess is healthy brain food.