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Can electronic music really have a positive effect on online chess?

Surprisingly, the answer is yes. Listening to music can increase blood flow to the brain. Musicians are also known to have more gray matter in the frontal cortex which can form more complex neural ...
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What are some of the present and past GM known to be autistic?

I am also neurodiverse and have written a book about that (and a second one is almost done). I play chess badly but I enjoy it. I think there are going to be two big issues in answering this question....
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Do top players get discouraged if they cannot beat the best player in the world?

I'm sure Carlsen's colleagues are a little discouraged with his dominance, but they didn't get to their current level by giving up against a (seemingly) stronger opponent. All of them must have had ...
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would a board for calculating "non-blindfold" help GMs in slow games?

Is it known whether GMs' accuracy would improve? It depends on the GM. Peter Svidler, for instance, has said that he sometimes shuts his eyes or looks away from the board during long calculations ...
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Will repetitive thoughts affect chess calculation and visualization?

I think that chess calculation is one of the most difficult parts of chess training. If my memory does not betray me, in the first book that was written about chess calculation "Think Like a ...
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For a chess learner, isn't spatial phase after time phase?

It is probably worth starting by giving some concrete examples of what is meant by the material, spatial and time phases. [Title "Material vs Spatial phase"] [fen "6k2/ppp1rppp/3b4/8/8/...
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Which books cover the concept of Imagination and Creativity in Chess?

Two much older (dating from the 50's and 60's) books which cover these topics under the general banner of psychology are Psychology in Chess by Nicolai Krogius and The Chess Mind by Gerald Abrahams. ...
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Chess fever (literarily)

Your intuition is correct, according to biophysical models: For instance, this paper states: In this study, we focus on the influence of temperature on neuronal behavior including variations in ...
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would a board for calculating "non-blindfold" help GMs in slow games?

Yes, it will. If you're allowed to move the pieces, you can calculate further and make fewer mistakes. There's a reason why playing blindfold is a handicap. Examples: I remember once reading about ...
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Why do certain chess combinations start with moves that can be intuited before understanding the full sequence?

The initial move or moves of a combination and understanding the full sequence, whether the combination is a blunder or a winning one, are not connected. ALL initial moves of this sort are the rest of ...
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Why do certain chess combinations start with moves that can be intuited before understanding the full sequence?

As a 100% intuitive player, I try to answer: Combinations do not come out of the blue. There must exist objective preconditions (say, a lead in development). Even if I can't calculate further than ...
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Using chess for therapy?

I recommend to consult the book "Chess Therapy" by Fadul and Canlas. The book seems comprehensive to me (in a first look). The wikipediea article looks good enough as a starting point (which ...
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How can I deal with low confidence and 'chess esteem' while I am learning to play, even when I repeat mistakes?

I was originally planning to make this as a comment, but then it became a bit longer than planned, and maybe not as coherent as I would've liked. Realistically, going from ~300 to 1300 rating as an ...
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How can I deal with low confidence and 'chess esteem' while I am learning to play, even when I repeat mistakes?

While losing may not be fun, it's not the case at all it comes with no feedback. In fact, I welcome losses as they teach you more than wins at what you can improve. One of my favorite chess activities ...
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