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craigaosborne 33 ( +1 | -1 )
does chess really improve your logic? does chess really improve your logic?

this is an interesting thought to ponder. sure it makes you think a lot harder when playing a game but does it really make you improve metally away from the board? please feel free to discuss this and post replys. thanks.
indiana-jay 32 ( +1 | -1 )

I think the clue is that everything can be improved by practicing.

As for IQ (just my opinion), in age around 7 to 12 where IQ is progressively developed, practice makes improvement. In older age, practice prevents degradation.

The same thing must apply with logic and chess. (But I don't understand your point with "improve mentally")
jstack 16 ( +1 | -1 )
logic improves chess I don't know about chess improving logic, but I have noticed that my rating has increased significantly since I started studying russian language.
craigaosborne 21 ( +1 | -1 )
improve mentally? ! what i mean by improve mentally is does chess help you make better desicions and think more logically away from the board? or pehaps (in the same sense) more unorthadoxly?
indiana-jay 86 ( +1 | -1 )

Still the same clue: Practice makes perfect.

If you want to be able to make better decisions away from the board, you have to practice or try consistently to do so. This applies on-board and off-board.

I strategy I used to adopt in order to develop mental skills is to create a prototype situation, then try to modify my “character” in that prototype situation. This prototype must be designed similar with the actual situation, but with less destructible risk.

Normally, the chessboard is part of your life. You behave the same thing on chessboard and away from it. You can change your character on the real life, and your character on the chessboard will change too. So, it doesn’t matter if you want to say that chess improves your logic or your logic improves your chess.
axedrez 57 ( +1 | -1 )
This may or may not answer your question..It came from a recent magazine article.

Pete Shaw, a computer-science teacher, has taught hundreds of kids in Pulaski, Virginia, to play chess. "It's like turning on switches in their heads," he says. "You feel as though you can watch the brain working through a window. The game demands both inductive and deductive reasoning. You see the kid looking at a problem, breaking it down, then putting the whole thing back together. The process involves recall, analysis, judgment, and abstract reasoning."
knightwolf 35 ( +1 | -1 )
There was a study conducted recently... which measured the activitry in the "intelligence portion" of the brain while the subjects were engrossed ina board and they found no activity at all which suggests that this could be a game involving mechanical execution of routine moves.... I dunno whether i should be happy or sad about my rating :)
indiana-jay 15 ( +1 | -1 )

Ha ha ha knightwolf, I think that they should re-conduct the study in a final world chess tournament! (But please not in the opening stage only)