Puzzle solving 'won't stop mental decline'

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Mick Norris
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Puzzle solving 'won't stop mental decline'

Post by Mick Norris » Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:37 am

BBC Report
Doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku does not protect against mental decline, according to a new study.

The idea of "use it or lose it" when it comes to our brains in later life has previously been widely accepted.

But a new Scottish study suggests it has no effect on mental decline.

Instead, results indicate that regularly doing intellectual activities throughout life boosts mental ability and provides a "higher cognitive point" from which to decline.
"In addition to staying mentally active, keeping physically fit, eating a healthy balanced diet, not smoking, drinking within recommended guidelines and keeping weight, cholesterol and blood pressure in check are all good ways to support a healthy brain as we get older."
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Re: Puzzle solving 'won't stop mental decline'

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:54 am

Interesting. When does the decline begin?

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Re: Puzzle solving 'won't stop mental decline'

Post by NickFaulks » Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:15 am

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:54 am
Interesting. When does the decline begin?
Around age 20, I read somewhere.

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Re: Puzzle solving 'won't stop mental decline'

Post by Geoff Chandler » Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:40 am

Infact Puzzle solving can drive you insane.

This book is excellent.

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Do not be fooled by the cover, this book is tough.
Going through it and I hit here (puzzle No. 145) Zaitsev - Kotov 1961.



Can White play 1.Bxe6.

Yes...then No..Yes...No. Finally settle for a No. A neat, it looks good, but there is a snag puzzle.

1.Bxe6 Bxg3! nice. Looked at solution and I see 1...Bxg3 has a '?'

Without going any further I go back to the position.
Getting frustrated I cannot see what I am missing so eventually set up the position.

The given solution has missed a defensive shot.


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