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Benjamin Franklin once said that we steadfastly continue to search for the solutions to our problems. When he spoke about this, he was talking about chess. 

Chess is one of the oldest games around really, it’s been around for about 1500 years, and what we learn from chess is logic and strategy, so we’re getting real life skills from playing a game. 

The skills that we’re using in chess are logic and strategy. But we’ve also got planning, foresight and taking logical steps towards a desired goal. 

Now with chess your desired goal is obviously to win – you want to capture your opponent’s pieces. But more importantly you want to checkmate their king. So you’re planning your moves, you’re trying to anticipate what moves your opponent might make, so there’s your planning and your foresight.Then you take the steps, you’re actually acting out the steps to achieve your desired goal. 

So that’s chess, but you might think that chess isn’t really for me. There are lots of other games, and most games in fact even if it’s unintentional, have a certain amount of logic and strategy to them. 

One of the loveliest games that I like to play is Castles of Burgundy. 

There’s an element of chance because you’re rolling a pair of dice each turn to see what numbers you’ve got. But then once you know what you’re doing, you can plan what you’re doing, you at least can kind of figure out well overall I think I want to collect these, and put my pieces here. So try and get to a desired goal, which is getting the most points. 

There are other games as well, Azul is a lovely tactile game. 

There’s some elements of logic and strategy in there when you’re trying to make, in the original Azul, the most beautiful tiled wall for the King of Portugal. And it has lovely tiles in it, and it looks very very beautiful, but you’re still using your strategic thinking while you’re doing it. 

And it’s most games really, I’m trying to think now of games that have very very little logical strategy to them, and that’s not easy.

Cards Against Humanity doesn’t really have a lot going for it in that direction. 

But then there’s a whole world, particularly if you look at euro games, euro games are mostly around strategy and logic and what you’re doing and like whether that’s making a pattern, whether it’s trying to fill up a grid, whether you’re making a pipeline, whatever you’re doing you usually have some element of strategy in your in your playing. 

So life skills from board games – logic and strategy.