How chess players' brains differ

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John Upham
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How chess players' brains differ

Post by John Upham » Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:24 pm

An article has appeared today on the BBC web site that might be of interest :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12250687

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Re: How chess players' brains differ

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:56 pm

John Upham wrote:An article has appeared today on the BBC web site that might be of interest :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12250687

Enjoy!
Thanks! The article is about shogi (Japanese chess). I played a bit of shogi a few years ago, though I'd need a refresher course before playing again. It did seem a very tactical game to me (more so than Western chess), but very enjoyable. I wonder what the results of the experiment would be if they repeated it on chess players: "The professional players were presented with a game of shogi already in progress and given 2 seconds to choose the next best move - from a choice of four moves."

I'd do the experiment without giving them a choice of moves. But then the control was a group of amateurs, so you have to give them something to work with, and if you don't have choices then analysis gets more complicated. I'm sure something like this has been done for chess players, though. Can anyone remember the details?

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