Saturday, September 10, 2005

Chess Aptitude

I came across this interesting article that talks about Jonathan Levitt's talent test for chess aptitude. Place a white knight at b1 and a black queen at d4. The knight has to tour the board without ever being put en prise to the black queen or capturing it. It should visit squares in the order c1, e1, f1, h1, a2, c2, e2, g2, h2, a3 and so on to g8 (h8 is controlled by the queen).

The task may sound simple but is demanding on concentration, spatial aptitude, and willpower. Many people cannot even manage the first stage from b1 to c1, which takes nine steps. It is a timed test, so you will need a watch as well as a chessboard and the two pieces.

Levitt says that anyone who can do the full tour in less than 10 minutes at the first attempt has real aptitude. Michael Adams, a world title contender, took 5 1/2 minutes, other GMs up to seven.
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2 Comments:

Blogger Temposchlucker said...

Did these GM's have this skill before they became grandmaster?

1:32 PM  
Blogger SatishTalim said...

That's the impression I get after reading this article.

4:39 PM  

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