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Memory for chess positions (featuring grandmaster Patrick Wolff)

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Published on Jan 12, 2012

Chess grandmaster Patrick Wolff performs a classic chess memory task (filmed by Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris). We showed him a card depicting a chess position and he then reconstructed the position on a chess board from memory. He makes almost no mistakes for a typical chess position, but has poor memory for a position in which the pieces were randomly positioned. The video illustrates the powerful effect of expertise on pattern perception and memory. This video is ©1998/2011, Daniel J. Simons & Christopher F. Chabris. All rights are reserved.

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