Teamwork – All the pieces must work together to accomplish the goal. Also, each piece has different skills, but they all need to come together to accomplish the goal.
Accountability – As World Champion Lasker noted, “At the chess board, lies and hypocrisy do not last long.” The person responsible for the result of the game is you, not outside forces.
Pattern Recognition – Once learned, chess patterns are often recognizable in similar positions.
Evaluation – Players are forced to make complex decisions based on known, but not always easily understood information.
Thinking ahead – As players begin to think about their opponents moves and how they will respond, they naturally begin to think about what lies and planning not just for the moment, but will happen in the future.