Hello friends, it’s Eddie Teddie!
How are you all getting on with your New Year’s resolutions?
I am doing well, I have managed to save some money already this year.
I have taken up a new hobby. I’m learning how to play chess! I have joined the chess club at school and make sure I practice at home too. I’ve been playing with my friend, Mosey the Hedgehog. She’s really good at chess!
To begin with I found it really tricky. All the pieces can move in different ways. You have to think very carefully about where you are going to move your pieces to in order to avoid your king being captured and to win the game.
So far, from playing chess, I have learned that to have the best chance of winning I need to take my time and consider all of my options and the consequences of the moves I make.
There are lots of really good reasons why you should learn to play chess:
- It teaches you how to win and lose
- It’s a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family
- It can improve your focus and concentration
- It helps your problem-solving skills
- It gives your brain a good work out!
The skills that I am learning whilst playing chess are going to help me in all areas of my life. I will be able to stay focused at school all day and the problem-solving skills will help if I have to make tricky decisions in the future.
Having to be patient when playing chess is similar to being patient when you are saving your money for something. When you play chess, you have to look forward a few moves to decide which step to take next. By doing this you are planning ahead with the aim of winning the game.
When you are saving money, you have to do the same thing. You look into the future to what you would like to buy or do. Then you have to plan how much money to save to reach your goal. Every time you pop some money in your piggy bank or bank account you are working towards your goal. Sometimes it may take a little time to get there. Being patient makes the waiting a lot easier and the prize much more rewarding.
I have a long way to go before I become a Grandmaster in chess but it’s lots of fun learning something new. I enjoy practicing and seeing my game improve.
Do you know you to play chess? What hobbies do you have?
Lots of love,