Are chess players better gamblers

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Full disclosure, I always believed chess made people smarter, and more oriented towards strategy in real life. I tried applying chess principles in betting as well. I would play half a dozen games, with friends and online, work on some puzzles, and before I knew it, I would use a Unibet bonus code to get the most of my playing time.

However, one cannot help but wonder whether my little fancy had any basis in reality? I mean, chess is a game of strategy, cunning and misdirection. Are chess players genuinely better at ascertaining risks and gains? Could it be possible to work the system?


I do love chess, though I am by no means an expert. In fact, my personal skills in chess, as much as I like to flatter myself, are average at best. Therefore, there should be a bit of a reserve in taking in my point of view.

That being said – chess players have a certain way of looking at things. They tackle the problem from several sides, and analytically take the next step fully aware of anything and everything that could happen. This mentality is far from an average gamer, that likes the fate to decide, or believes that the next thing, be it a race or a match, is a lock, just because they have a high personal stake in it.

Brain Improvement

There’s something to be said about the effect puzzle solving, and especially chess and games similar to it, can be used to improve your brain. If we treat our brain as a muscle, and exercise it regularly, we can prevent, or at least, slow down the progress of, Alzheimer’s and other disorders with a detrimental effect on a person’s mind.

With that, it stands to reason that we could also apply this to other problem-solving, gambling included. I have mentioned before that chess players predict every possible outcome. This is true, and yet incomplete. For, you see, chess players have to think several moves ahead. And that doesn’t mean feverishly following a pipe dream of keeping a list of games you are sure to win, and will therefore, no doubt become a millionaire before the year is out, but rather focusing and making an assessment of your current situation, and finding out whether you can come up on top.


This approach to uncertainty, while being realistic, can be somewhat easily compared to Kenny Rogers’ “Gambler” – “You got to know when to hold ’em, Know when to fold ’em”. Chess does help you determine whether it is worth it to dive in. If you are dedicated enough, you can be certain that your mind and your strategies will thank you for this exercise.