Why Chess Is Better Than Football

In case anyone is trying to choose between them here are ten arguments in favour of chess:

  1. Chess does not cause brain damage.
  2. Chess helps prevent alzheimer’s.
  3. Walking to a chess club provides excellent exercise without tearing ligaments.
  4. Chess fans don’t often attack each other or vandalise shopping centres.
  5. Football commentators like to elevate their game by comparing it to chess, chess commentators don’t do the reverse.
  6. Injuries don’t normally force people to give the game up.
  7. You only need two players to start a game and they can even be in different parts of the World.
  8. Winning a chess game doesn’t get you kissed and hugged by several sweaty, muddy footballers.
  9. Other players don’t try to make you fall over if you have a good attack.
  10. Players of every size and age can meet on more or less equal footing.

Of course this doesn’t stop football being massively more popular but this is probably down to the low barrier to entry, there’s a lot of technical knowledge required before you can start to be good at chess.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: