Rissman Lab studies the brain of chess grandmaster Timur Gareyev

February 1, 2016


Click here to read an interesting write-up about chess grandmaster Timur Gareyev’s recent visit to the Rissman Lab. Timur is training to break the world record for number ofsimultaneous chess games played while BLINDFOLDED. We are trying to understand what’s going on in his brain to give him this remarkable ability to hold dozens of chessboards in memory and systematically update each of them as he responds to his opponents’ moves. Most people — even chess experts — would quickly suffer from catastrophic interference. Stay tuned to hear what, if anything, we’re able to figure out from our experiments on him.