Checkmate: How Playing Chess and Painting are Similar and Their Benefits

Paint with Lovejoy
3 min readJun 26, 2023

When it comes to hobbies, people have various interests. Some prefer to read, while others love to practice sports. Some people like to watch movies, and some enjoy cooking. However, two hobbies that may not seem similar at first glance are painting and playing chess. Surprisingly, they share similarities that boost creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and overall well-being.

Both painting and playing chess require creativity. With painting, we need to envision the final output in our minds and then transfer it to canvas through colors, textures, and shapes. Meanwhile, with chess, we have to create and plan a strategy for our pieces and anticipate our opponent’s moves. Both activities train the mind to think creatively and within boundaries. While art sets physical limits with a canvas and specific colors, chess sets limits with rules and particular movements on the board. This makes them both challenging, engaging, and ultimately satisfying.

Another similarity between chess and painting is the importance of patience and practice. With painting, we need to develop our skills over time to capture the desired expression of the artwork. Similarly, with chess, we need to learn the rules, develop strategies, and practice regularly to become a master of the game. Both require…

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