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There are various kinds of intellectual skills, including spatial recognition, pattern recognition, etc. A lot of that goes into chess. When I add my grocery shopping into my budget spreadsheet, I divided my spending into groceries (healthy), snacks, and beverages to keep a check on spending too much on junk. A friend asked if I rounded the numbers from my receipt for each category. A relative answered for me: "No, he just instantly does it to the penny in his head."
I'm good at math, but I have a sort of tunnel vision: if a new shopping center went up on the main highway I drive, I'll barely notice it unless I'm specifically looking for it. I think I would make a lot fewer blunders if my spatial skills were better and my calculation was weaker!
i'm terrible when I chess and drive. I have since stopped doing that.
awww... the world is worse place for it MEXIMARTINI... your chess driving will be sorely missed lol
so will those orange cones that have been run over because of it. haha
My board vision is pretty bad. I miss a lot of long-range moves, especially in subvariations I'm calculating. My psychological aspect is pretty decent though, I'd say. I don't mentally break down when I get a bad position, get in time trouble, get under attack, etc.