Interviewed on the CBC Radio program As It Happens, Gary Kasparov, chess master and political agitator, reveals he has written a book about how decision-making skills in chess can be applied to daily life. It is called, How life imitates chess.
I’m interested in this, because I find my best chess games involve me entering an deeply intuitive state-of-mind where decisions take place at the boundaries of my consciousness, and I perceive the board and pieces not as discrete units but as an evolving whole. I’ve never experienced that in ‘real life’, but perhaps that just means I’ve never been in tactical situations where I would have done so.
Has anyone observed fMRI imaging studies of chess games between subjects? It would be interesting to compare these with images of military commanders making decisions. Heaven knows there’s grant money in this…
The radio interview should be available for download within a day or so, and I’ll add a link when it is available.