Medico Research Chronicles <p style="text-align: justify;"><code></code>Medico Research Chronicles (Medrech) ISSN No. <a href="">2394-3971</a>, is an official journal of Medico Edge Publications. It is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal of medical and health sciences, published on bi-monthly intervals. It publishes various manuscripts on the diverse specialization of medical, health science, and clinical research.</p> <p>Indexed by the&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href=""><strong>United States'&nbsp;NLM Catalogue, NCBI</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Medico Research Chronicles has been positively evaluated by <a href=";lang=pl">Index Copernicus</a>, Poland for the year 2020 and assigned an IC Value of 81.95</strong></p> <p><strong>Journal is valid for publication as per MCI Guidelines. A transitory period of 2 years (Upto 2022) is given for consideration of publication.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Academicians and Researchers interested in reviewing the article are requested to join us on Publons: <a title="Publons by Web of Science" href=""></a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">Click Here </a></strong>for the notification details.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Medico Edge Publications en-US Medico Research Chronicles 2394-3971 Did chess players have better mental state amidst the pandemic? - An assessment through the DASS index among Indians <p><strong>Background and Aim</strong>: The Covid 19 pandemic has created the most vulnerable health situation, forcing it to change the lives of billions. The main aim of this study is to evaluate the difference in mental health conditions between a chess-playing and non-chess-playing (control) group to determine the positive impacts of the game.</p> <p><strong>Methods:</strong> 400 participants were selected for the study (cases=100, controls=300) during the second wave of Covid-19 in India. An individual with a record of playing chess was included in the case group, while anyone who does not play chess was chosen as the control. This was a voluntary study wherein self-administered google forms were used as questionnaires to obtain data. Internal consistency, categorical analysis using Pearson Chi-Square Test at 95% confidence, t-test for the mean difference of DASS scores, and odds ratio at 95% confidence intervals were assessed.</p> <p><strong>Results:</strong> Internal consistency of the DASS index was high, with Cronbach's alphas of 0.9103 and 0.9443, respectively, for the chess-playing and control groups. Categorical analysis revealed that regularity and intensity had no association in alleviating mental health situations but reduced the risk of mental health deterioration among chess players (OR= 0.3628; 95% CI 0.166-0.789). Independent t-tests revealed significantly lower DASS scores for the chess-playing group concerning depression and total DASS index.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong>: This study has generated preliminary evidence and calls for further research to understand the extent of this positive outcome. Enough evidence in this regard would appeal to the popularization and extensive coverage of chess.</p> Saptorshi Gupta Soham Sengupta Sourav Dey Copyright (c) 2022 Saptorshi Gupta, Soham Sengupta, Sourav Dey 2022-09-18 2022-09-18 9 5 263 271 10.26838/MEDRECH.2022.9.4.611