Is chess a game of spatial processing? Yes, but it’s much more than that. The researcher who conducted the study mentioned in the article “Grandmaster News Flash” (April 2003) analyzed the thinking of novice players. These players are mainly preoccupied with thoughts like: “Are any opponent men placed in such a way as to threaten one of mine? If I move there, am I threatened by any opponent men?” The thinking of at least intermediate players would provide quite different results: They know the game well enough to use logic, computational skills.
Dan Motet, Ph.D.
Fort Worth, TX
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