Monday, November 14, 2005

Brainpower Drugs

I just read an article in the Nov. 2005 Indian edition of the Reader's Digest, titled 'China Cleans Up Its Game." This made me think of the possibility of using drugs to boost one's chess performance - Brainpower Drugs. I did a quick Google search on this subject, but it posed more questions than answers. Here's a small list of URLs talking about Brainpower Drugs.The International Chess Federation (ICF) has already adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) universal drug code, subjecting chess players to the same standards as Olympic sprinters. Susan Polgar once said that "Even if a drug makes you bigger and stronger, it won't help you think better, You need logic, planning, concentration. To my knowledge, there is no drug that would help us play better chess."

What about the cognitive enhancement drugs (CED)? Is WADA covering CED too? How does it ensure that chess players do not use these drugs during tournaments and competitions? Has any chess player been found using these CED and if found, what action was taken against such players? What's the real status today of these Brainpower Drugs? Any pointers?
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5 Comments:

Blogger Pawn Sensei said...

You did hear that USCF endorsed a performance-enhancing drug this year?

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12:14 PM  
Blogger SatishTalim said...

I read about it. However, what's the status now? Has USCF withdrawn it's support?

12:32 PM  
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11:42 PM  
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11:43 PM  
Blogger Pawn Sensei said...

Not sure. Haven't been following.

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8:20 AM  

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