I already told him that.
He refuses to study. He complains about bad chess play due to some kind of missing chess gene.
Maybe he is right. (lol)
Or maybe "The Devil Made Him Not Learn It." After teaching him the Calculus of Variations, and Optimal Control Theory," while attending Buddhist Summer Camp, and being interviewed by CNN.
Here's an interesting study: The part of the brain used for facial recognition is highly active for Chess masters studying Chess positions, but not for weak Chess players studying Chess positions. The links below are to the original published study, and a more digestible summary.
It would be interesting to see if skill at face recognition is correlated with strong Chess playing ability. The study didn't specifically address the question.
...doo-dah...all the doo-dah day...
I've never been interviewed by CNN, nor have I ever made any such claim.
To become a a good chess player it helps (a lot!) if you deeply love the game because you need to spend a lot of time at it.
But maybe REALLY intelligent people avoid the chess addiction so they can use their time for productive activities, like earning a living.
Maybe really intelligent people avoid discussions about intelligence as well.
In response to the criticism, I have deleted the overly lengthy anecdotes previously posted.
I find this topic interesting, and I intend to continue it, but I had, indeed, spent a bit more time than was warranted on one particular example.
Having a high IQ does not mean that you will naturally be good at chess. They are two completely different categories of intelligence. Both have their pros and cons but in the end it really doesn't matter. You are who you are.
I Q scores are just a general guide, not the be all etc.
Q: Does anyone know a stupid person who doesn't think they are shmart?
I suppose there is more to chess than basic intelligence.
An astonishing finding!
That guy must have a high IQ. Maybe even into triple digits.
Hello, everybody. I'm coming in on this late and I'm a mediocre at best (by choice to a large extent) chess player AND a Girl, but I do have a psych doctorate and 36 years of experience in the field, including college teaching and lots of practice administering and interpreting IQ tests.
(Hope that's not too much info about "me." )
I give you my bono fides as background to my response to Meadmaker's "Acing a test when unprepared and hungover" story. I liked the story a lot, and found it highly relevant to this stated forum topic.
Feel free to blast away---I may live in Georgia, but am Not a "delicate flower of South'en womanhood!"
If you're dumb enough to get lured into a marriage, then this thread is obviously not for you.
mead: Oh dear. That seems a bit harsh to me. I try to save up my scorn for bigger issues, but if it's something you feel strongly about, then scorn, by all means.
No...no... There are scorn levels of, let's say, 1 to 10.
You only get a 1 from me. That's actually quite nice.
Why,thank you. I was hoping someone would find it amusing, or maybe someone from my alma mater would pick up on Little Kings Night.
But, more importantly, do you have any professional knowledge of the subject at hand? What interests me is whether there is any specific knowldege of other cognitive tasks that are correlated, positively or negaively,to Chess playing ability.
The link between the facial recognition area of the brain and Chess experts is very interesting to me, and is getting a lot of press in the journals, but I haven't seen anything suggesting an actual performance relationship between facial recognition and Chess ability. (or anything else and chess abilty)