Chess as Mood Therapy

Associated Press once reported that chess is used as mood therapy for cancer patients at Siteman Cancer Center and Washington University School of Medicine. Here's its short news article, 2009:

"A chess-playing program designed to brighten the lives of cancer patients and their caregivers will be offered soon in St. Louis. The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine will offer 'Chess for Life' beginning Oct. 9. The program was developed in conjunction with the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

'Chess for Life' was inspired by Siteman Cancer Center patient Jim Corbett, who found that his mood improved when he began playing chess. Corbett died last December. The program is a tribute to him."