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[[Image: DLS-CSBStudentsplayingChess.JPG|thumb|320p|right|''Students of the Angelo King International Center, [[De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde]] learning the dynamics in chess, showing that it is a social experience which necessitates abiding by rules, taking into consideration the wishes and acts of another person, and wherein intense interpersonal relations are possible in a brief period'']]
 
[[Image: DLS-CSBStudentsplayingChess.JPG|thumb|320p|right|''Students of the Angelo King International Center, [[De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde]] learning the dynamics in chess, showing that it is a social experience which necessitates abiding by rules, taking into consideration the wishes and acts of another person, and wherein intense interpersonal relations are possible in a brief period'']]
'''Chess therapy''' is a form of [[psychotherapy]] that attempts to use [[chess]] games between the therapist and client or clients to form stronger connections between them towards a goal of confirmatory or alternate diagnosis and consequently, better healing. Its founder can be considered to be the [[Persian people|Persian]] [[polymath]] [[Rhazes]] (AD 852-932), who was at one time the chief physician of the [[Baghdad]] hospital. His use of [[chess tactics|tactics]] and [[chess strategy|strategies]] in chess games as metaphors in real life to help his patients think clearer were rediscovered and employed by Fadul and Canlas.<ref>{{Citation |author1=Fadul, J |author2=Canlas, R |title=Chess Therapy |url= http://www.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=ARdncCWznjUC&oi=fnd&pg=PT8&dq=Fadul+Chess+Therapy&ots=XGkgl42sqw&sig=8GsW2OP2dVqcT9HCcVcPL0tseCY#v=onepage&q=&f=false |year=2009 |accessdate= 2009-12-27}}</ref>
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'''Chess therapy''' is a form of [[psychotherapy]] that attempts to use [[chess]] games between the therapist and client or clients to form stronger connections between them towards a goal of confirmatory or alternate diagnosis and consequently, better healing. Its founder can be considered to be the Persian [[polymath]] [[Rhazes]] (AD 852-932), who was at one time the chief physician of the Baghdad hospital. His use of chess tactics and strategies as metaphors in real life to help his patients think clearer were rediscovered and employed by [[Jose Fadul]] and Canlas.<ref>{{Citation |author1=Fadul, J |author2=Canlas, R |title=Chess Therapy |url= http://www.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=ARdncCWznjUC&oi=fnd&pg=PT8&dq=Fadul+Chess+Therapy&ots=XGkgl42sqw&sig=8GsW2OP2dVqcT9HCcVcPL0tseCY#v=onepage&q=&f=false |year=2009 |accessdate= 2009-12-27}}</ref>
   
 
One of the earliest reported cases of chess therapy involves the improvement in an isolated, [[schizoid]], 16-year old youth that took place after he became interested in chess.<ref>{{Citation |author1=Fleming, J |author2=Strong, S |title=Observations on the Use of Chess in the Therapy of an Adolescent Boy |journal=The Psychoanalytic Quarterly |editor= Reider, N |volume=14 |year=1945 |page=562 |url=http://www.pep-web.org/document.php?id=paq.014.0562b |accessdate=2009-12-27}}</ref> Chess provided an outlet for his hostile impulses in a non-retaliatory manner. Good use was made of the patient's digressions from the game and his newly acquired ability to speak about his feelings, fantasies and dreams which the particular emotional situation of the game touched off. The report demonstrates how the fact that chess is a game, and not real, enabled the patient to exert some conscious control over his feelings and thus learn to master them to a limited extent.
 
One of the earliest reported cases of chess therapy involves the improvement in an isolated, [[schizoid]], 16-year old youth that took place after he became interested in chess.<ref>{{Citation |author1=Fleming, J |author2=Strong, S |title=Observations on the Use of Chess in the Therapy of an Adolescent Boy |journal=The Psychoanalytic Quarterly |editor= Reider, N |volume=14 |year=1945 |page=562 |url=http://www.pep-web.org/document.php?id=paq.014.0562b |accessdate=2009-12-27}}</ref> Chess provided an outlet for his hostile impulses in a non-retaliatory manner. Good use was made of the patient's digressions from the game and his newly acquired ability to speak about his feelings, fantasies and dreams which the particular emotional situation of the game touched off. The report demonstrates how the fact that chess is a game, and not real, enabled the patient to exert some conscious control over his feelings and thus learn to master them to a limited extent.

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Students of the Angelo King International Center, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde learning the dynamics in chess, showing that it is a social experience which necessitates abiding by rules, taking into consideration the wishes and acts of another person, and wherein intense interpersonal relations are possible in a brief period

Chess therapy is a form of psychotherapy that attempts to use chess games between the therapist and client or clients to form stronger connections between them towards a goal of confirmatory or alternate diagnosis and consequently, better healing. Its founder can be considered to be the Persian polymath Rhazes (AD 852-932), who was at one time the chief physician of the Baghdad hospital. His use of chess tactics and strategies as metaphors in real life to help his patients think clearer were rediscovered and employed by Jose Fadul and Canlas.[1]

One of the earliest reported cases of chess therapy involves the improvement in an isolated, schizoid, 16-year old youth that took place after he became interested in chess.[2] Chess provided an outlet for his hostile impulses in a non-retaliatory manner. Good use was made of the patient's digressions from the game and his newly acquired ability to speak about his feelings, fantasies and dreams which the particular emotional situation of the game touched off. The report demonstrates how the fact that chess is a game, and not real, enabled the patient to exert some conscious control over his feelings and thus learn to master them to a limited extent.

In a relatively recent review by Janetius[3] chess therapy is considered to be a form of creative therapy.

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