Chess and Mathematics Conference London Olympia 67 Dec

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Chess and Mathematics Conference London Olympia 67 Dec
Those of you with an interest in mathematics education may find this conference relevant. It seems that playing chess has a beneficial impact upon performance in mathematics. An international array of speakers will be covering research and best practice as well as topics such as the gamelike nature of mathematics and the mathematical nature of chess. There will be a wide range of instructional materials and software to peruse. A New Game competition may also attract the attention of the more inventive game designers. Please try to get along if only for a day.
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Is there any peerreviewed research to substantiate that assertion?John Foley wrote:It seems that playing chess has a beneficial impact upon performance in mathematics
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There were any number of my university contemporaries who were both reasonably good at chess and studying mathematics. Whether chess drove the mathematics or the other way is more of an open question to my mind. From a personal viewpoint, I don't think I got any good at chess until I applied the study techniques that were needed (in those days) for success in O and A levels.John Foley wrote:It seems that playing chess has a beneficial impact upon performance in mathematics.
But perhaps in some mysterious way, just knowing the chess moves improves your understanding of geometry or calculus. I'm not sure how though. Is it necessary to play competitive chess against the clock in order to gain the benefits?

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Of course it depends how you define mathematics.The resultant improvement in creativity is especially striking. There were plenty of other clear benefits as well. Interestingly, it did not result in any improvement in mathematics (arithmetic).
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I'm seeing the research (or at least a presentation of it) but as yet I'm not seeing the peer review.
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My memory's failing (incipient senility) but I seem to recall some indirect connection between chess and general academic success (chess seems to foster study skills and focus). As far as I know, there's no established link between chess prowess and success at university math (differential equations, abstract algebra, differential geometry, etc.). Nor am I sure there's any established connection between chess prowess and success at school math. People like Nunn and Speelman seem to be anomalies rather than the general rule.JustinHorton wrote:I'm seeing the research (or at least a presentation of it) but as yet I'm not seeing the peer review.
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Don't know about Speelman but Nunn was admitted to Oxford to study Mathematics as the youngest undergraduate since Cardinal Wolsley long before he became a GM. He is at the top end, there are many others with a similar correlation between chess and maths abilities.

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Other than Nunn, who could have been a successful academic mathematician had he chosen that route, there's Noam Elkies in the Harvard math department, who's a wellknown study composer as well as having an OTB rating of around 2200. Otherwise I can't think of any other topflight mathematicians who've also been highrated chess players  or the other way around. There is Kenneth Rogoff, who's GM strength and a professional economist ....JustinHadi wrote:Don't know about Speelman but Nunn was admitted to Oxford to study Mathematics as the youngest undergraduate since Cardinal Wolsley long before he became a GM. He is at the top end, there are many others with a similar correlation between chess and maths abilities.
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I don't know it's hard to tell if people don't take the academic route. Colin McNab for example has a DPhil in mathematics from Oxford.

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I'd better not mention Prof Jonathan Mestel then
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forgot about him! Quite unforgivable after playing in a simul against him at Imperial.

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There is Richard Borcherds, who gave up chess in his teens but who probably would have become a 2600+ GM if he'd stayed the course.

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There is definitely a particular type/mindset which is competent in both maths and basically any/all abstract games. Mestel say is I believe mostly playing bridge nowadays? Quite well too iirc, if not quite as well as he did chess. Also see Nunn diverting into solving problems and studies I guess.
That mindset is of course far from dominant in terms of top level chess players.
Plenty of reasons why not of course, but one non trivial one might well be that, being able to do so many different things, they're so 'easily' distracted into various other interesting abstract pursuits. That isn't how you get hugely strong at any specific one.
Didn't Korchnoi say something a bit like that about Nunn at some point?
That mindset is of course far from dominant in terms of top level chess players.
Plenty of reasons why not of course, but one non trivial one might well be that, being able to do so many different things, they're so 'easily' distracted into various other interesting abstract pursuits. That isn't how you get hugely strong at any specific one.
Didn't Korchnoi say something a bit like that about Nunn at some point?

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Back in the 70s/80s the Times and the Daily Telegraph used to publish lists of those who had won places at or obtained degrees from Oxbridge.
I'd look through the names of the maths students and find many names I'd recognize, but only isolated names in the lists of students of other subjects. There was certainly a correlation then.
There also appears to be a correlation at primary school level now: the best chess players in most primary schools also do well at maths.
I'd look through the names of the maths students and find many names I'd recognize, but only isolated names in the lists of students of other subjects. There was certainly a correlation then.
There also appears to be a correlation at primary school level now: the best chess players in most primary schools also do well at maths.

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There are reasonable empirical grounds that an aptitude for mathematics also helps for chess. Rather less so the other way round, I would have thought. But is it the proposition that it isn't about "elites" but that those who struggle with maths might be helped by learning chess first?Richard James wrote: I'd look through the names of the maths students and find many names I'd recognize, but only isolated names in the lists of students of other subjects. There was certainly a correlation then.