Lecture by Jorge González

Therapeutic applications of chess

In the last years the therapeutic applications of Chess have experienced a remarkable development. The Magic Club of Extremadura has contributed in a very remarkable way to this, becoming the international reference by the hand of its president Juan Antonio Montero, deserving, without a doubt, a special mention in any exhibition that deals with this subject.

Parallel to this development, a body of scientific evidence is being built, with an increasing number of research articles published in prestigious journals, which confirm the multiple benefits of this Sport-Science in the treatment of various conditions.

But, we can go back centuries and find the first written references, some of them framed within mythology, and others already supported by a more solid therapeutic base. Thus, in the book “Dragons, Gods and Spirits of Chinese Mythology”, referring to Kuang Kun, it picks up an episode in which this god of protection and martial arts was operated, while absorbed in the game he disputed a game of chess without showing any sign of pain. And it was in the 9th century when Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariyya al-Razi, a Persian doctor, alchemist and philosopher, known as Rhazes, recommended Chess as a cure for melancholy, using chess strategies and tactics as real-life metaphors to help patients think more clearly.

Currently, Chess is successfully used in the prevention and treatment of various disorders, such as substance abuse addictions aimed at reversing the structural and functional changes that these toxins cause in the brain, Dementia in which cognitive abilities can be stimulated by delaying their deterioration, Neurodevelopmental Disorders – in the (TDHA) as a complement to psychoeducation, psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, in the face of which stands out for the absence of side effects and for its reduced or no price, and in the Autism Spectrum Disorders -, and even attending to psychotic disorders such as Schizophrenia, restoring executive functions and improving planning skills.

All these questions, and more, will be addressed in detail, developing the new and exciting perspectives that are opening up for this centenary Sport which, as you can be sure, is also a Science, from which all those who practice it obtain important benefits in the different spheres of their psyche.


Venue: Colegio Arzobispo Fonseca

February 05, 12.30 PM 

Important: Due to the current health crisis caused by the Covid19 virus, the lecture will be held without an audience and will be streamed through this website.