What Role does Chess Play in Public Spaces?


Plaza Marostica, Venice, Italy. Photo by leoks. Image © Shutterstock

Plaza Marostica, Venice, Italy. Photo by leoks. Image © Shutterstock

Have you ever wondered why chess sets can be found in parks and other public spaces and contemplated what their role is within these spaces? Studies have shown that sports and games work to reduce stress and improve the overall mental health of the public. Chess, one of world’s most popular games, allows two people from anywhere on the globe to play regardless of language barriers, age, gender, physical ability, or social situation.

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