How does chess improve memory?

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Posted on : 07-06-2013 | By : My Study Coach | In : Improve Your Memory
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I’m making an outline. The topic sentence is “Research shows chess helps people learn by participating” well i get to the “improving memory” part and im stumped.

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Remembering how each piece moves, all their possible positions on the board, how to trap your opponent, or how to avoid being trapped.

i fall for the same tricks everytime, my memory sucks

Good chess players have to memorize hundreds of openings to prepare against opponents. Also, most remember certain positions or set ups where a combination of moves wins a piece or more.

there are a lot of other reasons. Good players must be able to look ahead a number of moves to figure out if a move is good or not. they have to memorize and remember each move and mentally make sure that the opponent won’t win in every single position they analyze.

These are just a couple of reasons.

Chess helps with pattern recognition, but it doesn’t necessarily improve memory itself.

I’m reminded of a study from many years ago in which strong chess players and novices were shown positions from actual games for a few seconds, and then asked to recreate them. The strong players could recreate the positions very accurately, whereas the novices only got a few pieces right. However – and this is the kicker – when the people were shown positions where the pieces were placed randomly on the board (instead of using positions from actual games), the strong players did no better than the novices.

The strong players’ superior “memory” was thus shown to be simply the ability to recognize patterns in the position. The “memory” was only “superior” when the positions had familiar patterns in them.

Chess does help your ability to analyze and solve all kinds of problems, but it doesn’t really help with memory per se.

IT HELPS IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY BECAUSE IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD CHESS IS A HEAD GAME BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO ALL MOVES THAT GO ON,ON THE CHESS BOARD AND WHEN CALLED CHECKMATE YOU HAVE TO PAY ULTIMATE ATTENTION TO YOUR PLAN AND HAVE A STRATEGY ON HOW TO GET OUT THE PROBLEM AT HAND…..

The “topic sentence” here seems a bit incorrigible (apparently you can’t disagree with it…and having played in more than my share of chess tournaments, I would definitely be inclined to disagree with it!). Anyway, I believe it only improves memory of chess positions, and nothing else.

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