Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Chess and Memory

I've always been fascinated by memory as it relates to chess. Just how do strong chess players remember all that tactical and strategic information in the constantly changing landscape of the chess board?

But this morning my interest was turned on its ear by two bizarre stories on NPR.

The first was a story about a woman with a near perfect memory. She can remember detailed events from every day of her life since she was 11 years old. Listen to the NPR Story. Here's another story from Discover Magazine on-line.

The second was a story about Chess Boxing, which I guess is all the rage in Europe right now. Here is a link to the World Chess Boxing Organization home page.

The questions for the day might be, "how long is a Chess Boxer's career given the effects boxing might have on memory". Or, "is that woman any good at chess?"

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