Chess rating: 1630
Give chess goodie
|Mon Sep 19 2016 2:48PM | MsgID: 19270807|
Chess doesn't cause obesity. How many fat GM's are there in the world? Most look rather gaunt since chess doesn't put too much food on the table. Obesity may be attributable in part to the inactivity involved in computer gaming. My kid can wipe out invading armies with the press of the thumb. He just can't walk into the kitchen to eat without getting winded.
I always carry a small pocket chess set and board. You'd be surprised at how much fun hiking can be while passing the chessboard to your opponent.
Chess rating: 1734
Give chess goodie
|Wed Sep 14 2016 5:02PM | edited: 5:03:56 | MsgID: 19261926|
I would personally choose playing physical sports over chess anytime. However, I think keeping the brain active is also key to a healthy lifestyle and that chess is a great way to do this.
I recently organised a chess tournament for the local village school. Kids aged 8 -9. At the last moment one of the mothers approached me and said that she did not want her lad to take part and had pulled him out of the event. Her reasoning verbatim - 'I am not happy that my son is being encouraged to get an interest in such a lazy activity. Things like chess are the reason so many kids suffer from obesity these days'
I was completely gobsmacked by her ridiculous statement more than anything The real irony being that he was standing by her side at the time, munching on a bar of chocolate that was definitely not what you would class as 'treat' size for a small child.
This is just another example of how some people seem ruled these days by the most ridiculous extremes of political correctness, health and safety, and anything the media pushes down their throats. We seem to be creating a society of neurotic imbeciles who will seemingly soon be scared to get out of bed in a morning, let alone live and enjoy life!!