Cognitive processes in chess
The science of expertise: Behavioral, neural, and genetic approaches to complex skill
Routledge / Taylor & Francis
Place of Publication
New York, USA
School of Arts and Humanities
In November 2016 two chess prodigies will play the World Chess Championship match in New York. The world champion Magnus Carlsen (Norwegian, 25 years old) will face the challenger Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine-born Russian, 26 years old). Carlsen obtained the international grandmaster (GM) title at the age of 13, he was the youngest player to reach the Number 1 in the world ranking at the age of 19, obtained the highest chess rating in the history of chess at the age of 22, and became world champion in the same year. Karjakin was the youngest player to obtain the international master (IM) title just before turning 12, and the GM title at the age of 12 years and 7 months. (He still holds both records). Chess is a discipline with all the ideal ingredients to study cognitive processes and expertise.
Campitelli, G. (2017). Cognitive processes in chess. In D. Z. Hambrick, G. Campitelli., B. N. Macnamara & R. Plomin (Eds.), The science of expertise: Behavioral, neural, and genetic approaches to complex skill (pp. 31-46). Routledge. Available here