By Carrie Haderlie
Wyoming Tribune Eagle via Wyoming News Exchange 

Seeing art in chess teaches your mind a structured way of thinking


February 2, 2023

Alyte Katilius, Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Wyoming State Chess Champion Dan Joelson began competing at 12 years old and became state champion by the age of 17. He credits his older brother for introducing him to the game. "He taught me how to play because he wanted to get better," he said. "In six months I'd beat my brother."

CHEYENNE - At first, chess is a game of skill and structure, full of calculated moves and rules.

But then it becomes an art. 

"Chess teaches your mind a structured way of thinking. It's great for math, and other subjects where you have to take things step-by-step," said Dan Joelson, a one-time Wyoming state chess champion at age 17.

"But the better you become at chess, the less it becomes like that," he said. "The more it becomes-well, to me, it approaches art. You have to think outside the bounds of straightforward play, and you have to get creative. That's where the game really becomes i...

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